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We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This provides superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.
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 begin to bloom in the spring, hepatica is one of the more recognizable and is considered to be 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 that are 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 as well as other animal life.