Height: 4" (10 cm) Flowering Time: Spring Flower Colour: Blue, mauve, pink, white ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Magnoliidae (Magnolia Superorder) Order: Ranunculales (Buttercup Order) Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family) Genus: Hepatica (Liver Leaf) Species: nobilis (noble) ____________________________________
Hepatica nobilis is clearly a relative of the Anemone. It has similar rounded flowers, usually blue, but sometimes mauve, pink or white, borne in spring, with a central boss of yellow stamens. The leaves are lobed, blotched with purple, thick and waxy-looking.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod There is no seed pod. The seeds are held in a rounded seedhead.
Seed The seeds are grain-shaped, at first green and later turning brown. There are several seeds
on a seedhead.
Seedling The seedling has lobed leaves.
Hepatica seeds may germinate immediately they ripen, when still green.
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