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.
Hepatica nobilis acuta