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botanical name:
Hepatica acutiloba
Hepatica acutiloba © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Liverleaf, Liverwort, Squirrel-cup, Heartleaf
family:  Ranunculaceae
characteristics: perennial, semi-evergreen
height: 0.20m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: medium
growth habit:
leaf colour: purple & green
flower colour: mauve
main season: Spring
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 8
description:
Semi-evergreen with acutely pointed, three-lobed green leaves, often purple flushed when mature. Small white, pale pink, lavender-blue or mauve flowers in early spring. New leaves are produced after flowering. Closely related and similar to Hepatica americana, distinguished by the leaf shape.

cultivation:
Moist, well-drained, light, humus-rich, soil in part-shade. Resents transplanting once established. Mulch with leaf-mould in autumn. This species thrives on alkaline soils.

propagation:
By seed or division.

usage:
Sometimes used as a medicinal herb. Traditionally used to treat liver complaints, because the leaf shape resembles a human liver.

other notes:
Native to Canada and the USA, usually found in deciduous woodlands, particularly on alkaline soils.
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