Hepatica

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April 19, 2011

One of the earliest spring wildflowers is the Hepatica (Hepatica nobilis). There is a great stand of them along Black Dog Road in Juniata County, and some nice stands at Little Buffalo State Park.

One of the prettiest patches is in the dark hollow along Kansas Creek in the Tuscarora State Forest.

Hepatica

Hepatica

Hepatica is a member of the Buttercup family. It grows in most damp woodlands in our area that have not been too much disturbed. They may bloom either white or blue (almost purple). They also come in two forms, the familiar leaf with round lobes (var. obtusa) and a less common form with pointy lobed leaves (var acuta). We have both.

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