Authentic Wisconsin.  Sharp-lobed Hepaticae - 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 - Hepatica nobilis acuta (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.

For more information on Sharp-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.


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Sharp-lobed Hepatica
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)



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