Authentic Wisconsin.  Sharp-lobed Hepatica - Anemone acutiloba


Sharp-lobed Hepatica in the Maple-Basswood Forest of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 4, 2020.

Above: Sharp-lobed Hepatica in the Maple-Basswood Forest of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 4, 2020.


Sharp-lobed Hepatica - Anemone acutiloba/Hepatica nobilis acuta (Spring Ephemeral)

Round-lobed Hepatica - Anemone americana/Anemone americana (Spring Ephemeral)

Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae)

The flowers are borne on leafless, aerial shoots (scapes) from the root. The shoots extend above the leaves from 4 to 8 inches high. There are no petals; however, they have 5 to 12 oblong, petal-like sepals that can range in color from white, pink, lavender, purple to a light blue . There are three green bracts at the base of the sepals.

The best way to differentiate Sharp-lobed Hepatica from Round-lobed Hepatica is whether the tips on leaves have round or pointed tips.

NOTE: Since I did not see the leaves that were under a bed of dead maple leaves, I cannot be sure that these flowers are not Round-lobed Hepatica.




Hepatica
(Hepatica Triloba)
by Scottish author, Elizabeth Gordon

Hepatica comes bright and early,

Never tardy, never surly,

Wears a pretty lilac dress

And gives out joy and happiness.



For more information on Sharp-lobed and Round-lobed Hepatica, visit The Friends of the Wild Flower Garden.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin Master Gardener website page on Hepatica.

Or, for information on Sharp-lobed Hepatica visit the Wisconsin State Herbarium.

Or, for information on Round-lobed Hepatica visit the Wisconsin State Herbarium.


Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 8, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 8, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 8, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 14, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 14, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 14, 2021.
Hepatica near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica leaves near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.
Hepatica leaves near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 19, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.
Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.

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Sharp-lobed Hepatica
Anemone acutiloba/Hepatica nobilis acuta


Sharp-lobed Hepatica in the Maple-Basswood Forest of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin on May 4, 2020.

Above: Sharp-lobed Hepatica in the Maple-Basswood Forest of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin (5/04/20)


Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 8, 2021.

Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 8, 2021.

Above: Hepatica near the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin (4/08/21)


Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April14, 2021.

Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April14, 2021.

Above: Hepatica near the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin (4/14/21)


Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.

Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.

Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 2021.

Above: Hepatica near the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin (4/17/21)


Hepatica leaves near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 19, 2021.

Hepatica leaves near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on April 19, 2021.

Above: Hepatica near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin (4/19/21)


Hepatica near the UW Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 22, 2021.

Above: Hepatica near the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Visitor's Center in Madison, Wisconsin (4/22/21)


1913 Hepatica acutiloba illustration.

Above: 1913 Hepatica acutiloba (Sharp-lobed) illustration.


1913 Hepatica americana illustration.

Above: 1913 Hepatica americana (Round-lobed) illustration.


11917 Hepatica americana (Round-lobed) illustration by Mary Vaux Walcot.

Above: 1917 Hepatica americana (Round-lobed) illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott.


1918 Hepatica Triloba Wild Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by Janet Laura Scott.

Above: Hepatica (Triloba) Wild Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by Janet Laura Scott .



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