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Hepatica Plant

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Hepatica Plant grows best in shady locations

Hepatica Plant 


Hardy Planting Zone: Zones 3-9

Bloom Season: Spring

Bloom Color: Usually lavender or white, sometimes pink

Height at Maturity: 4 to 6 in. 

Soil Type Preferred: Well-drained, moist, acidic soil 

Sun or Shade: Partial to full shade 


 Hepatica plants are members of the buttercup family and are native to North America, Europe, and Asia.

 Hepatica's common name is a reference to how its leaves resemble the human liver. When flowers bloom in the spring, hepatica is one of the more recognizable and is considered a signature wildflower.

Each hepatica flower grows from one individual stem and can contain anywhere from 6 to 20 petals, depending on the plant variety. 

Flowers are usually lavender color, sometimes pink. White variations of the flower are usually seen in the southern United States. When blooming, hepatica gives off a pleasant scent which is described as being very reminiscent of spring. In terms of leaves, they are typically a dark green color and possess tiny little hairs soft to the touch. During winter, hepatica leaves begin to turn much darker. 

  As hepatica is mostly seen in damp, heavily forested areas in the wild, similar conditions are best when growing them in a garden setting. Hepatica can be transplanted rather easily, but it's best to leave it relatively undisturbed in a shady spot under trees, where the soil is rich with nutrients. Slightly acidic soil with proper drainage is preferable, although hepatica is well-known for its ability to withstand overly wet conditions better than most plants. 

  Hepatica plants are self-pollinating perennials. Even though it might not be needed, hepatica flowers are a great way to attract common pollinators like butterflies and bees to a garden setting and other animal life.

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