I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to begin sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!
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Roundlobe Hepatica is an early spring perennial herb that can be found in dry woodlands and rocky slopes. The flower stalks emerge from a blanket of fallen leaves and bloom before the trees awaken in spring.
I came across this beautiful flower while hiking trails alongside Lake Michigan. There it was, alone, in an area with nothing but leaves and trees. It stuck out like a sore thumb.
Roundleaf Hepatica has also been called mouse-ears or liverleaf. It’s nicknames come from the resemblance of the leaves to a liver or a mouse’s ear.
According to http://www.herbazest.com, this plant is used for:
- Treating liver ailments. Liverleaf is used to ameliorate liver problems such as jaundice, hepatitis, and cirrhosis.
- Remedying respiratory problems. Hepatica is believed to help suppress coughs and alleviate certain lung ailments.
Botanical name: Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa
Common name: Liverleaf, Round-Lobed Hepatica
Genus: Liverwort (Hepatica)
Hardiness: -20 ℉
Thanks for checking out Flower Friday! What do you have blooming this week? Have a wonderful weekend!