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These perennials can reach heights of 10 to 12 inches and equally as wide. This perennial likes to grow in well-drained loamy soil, and it prefers a little sun in the spring months and more shade in the summer months. The flowers that bloom on the hepatica are a gorgeous bluish-purple color, and they add just the right amount of color to any garden. This perennial looks excellent planted anywhere, ranging from a flower bed too, natural area or along a sidewalk or driveway. This delicate-seeming little flower, also named liverwort because its three-lobed leaves reminded someone of the human liver, does best in hardiness zones 3 to 9.
The hepatica grows from 1 to 6 inches high. Somewhat unusually, the leaves of the hepatic don’t open until the flowers bloom. The plant bears these flowers, pale purple, blue, white, or pink, on a single stalk. The flowers are about 1/2 inch to an inch wide, and one plant can have many flower-bearing stalks. The colorful colored components of the flowers are not actual petals but sepals. They surround the stamens and are supported by green bracts that are oval with rounded or blunted tips. The leaves are also borne on stalks, and the oval lobes are all about the same size. They begin as a light green when they first open, then turn darker over time. The hepatica is native to North America and is a perennial, which means it returns year after year. It does best in woodlands where it can receive hours of mixed shade and sun. However, the plant is quite challenging and can tolerate alkaline soil rich in limestone and can do well in areas that get full sun. Ideally, the hepatica needs moist soil and a covering of snow in the winter, though frost injures it. The bloom season is April to May, though the flowers can appear as early as February in warmer climates. Hepatica can be grown from seed, but it takes some years before it is ready to bloom. If the plant is divided, the new plants may also take some time to grow pleasingly dense. But patience rewards the garden that chooses this beautiful flower.
Hepatica nobilis is a little evergreen perennial found growing in rich forests across the United States. The blooms are most usually blue or lavender, albeit white structures may be found at times, particularly in southern regions, and they also may be different shades of pink. The exact color mostly depends on the soil type they grow. What seems to be the petals are in fact the sepals, and three bracts encompass every bloom. The quantity of sepals on every blossom ordinarily changes somewhere around six and twenty. The flowers open their fullest on sunny days and stay open for a few weeks. The leaves are heart formed at the base and have three flaps. Over the winter, the leaves cover considerably more and are not observable. These plants are shipped bare root.Hepatica seeds may all germinate in the first spring after sowing; or they may germinate after one more year, or a combination of both. It is necessary to take care of the pots during all this time! The first flowering: after 3-4 years. (Source: botanicallyinclined.org)