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common name: Liverleaf, Liverwort, Squirrel-cup, Heartleaf
purple & green
moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 8
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.
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.
By seed or division.
Sometimes used as a medicinal herb. Traditionally used to treat liver complaints, because the leaf shape resembles a human liver.
Native to Canada and the USA, usually found in deciduous woodlands, particularly on alkaline soils.