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Hepatica nobilis - Mill.

Common Name Hepatica, Sharplobe hepatica, Roundlobe hepatica
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards The plant is poisonous in large doses[13, 19, 21]. The toxic principle is dissipated by heat or drying[65].
Habitats Damp underground in shady deciduous, usually beech, woodlands, scrub and grassland, especially on limestone[7, 9, 13].
Range Europe.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Hepatica nobilis Hepatica, Sharplobe hepatica, Roundlobe hepatica


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hepatica nobilis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from February to March. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

H. triloba. Anemone hepatica. L.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Astringent;  Demulcent;  Diuretic;  Rubefacient;  Tonic;  Vulnerary.

The leaves and flowers are astringent, demulcent, diuretic, rubefacient, tonic and vulnerary[4, 7, 9, 21]. It is a mild remedy that is little used in modern herbalism, but it is sometimes employed in treating disorders of the liver and gall bladder, indigestion etc[4, 238]. Externally, it is applied to skin diseases, slow healing cuts etc[4, 9]. The plant should be harvested in March and April, it can also be dried for later use[4]. Use with caution[21], see notes above on toxicity.

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a deep light alkaline soil with leafmould[200, 238]. Another report says that it grows best in a deep loam or clay soil[4]. Grows well on limey woodland soils in half shade, though it also succeeds in deep shade and in full sun[1]. A very ornamental plant[1]. It grows well in the rock garden[1] and in the woodland[188]. Plants resent root disturbance and should be placed in their permanent positions as soon as possible[188]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].

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Propagation

Seed - sow in a moist soil in a shady position[1]. The stored seed requires stratification for about 3 weeks at 0 - 5°c. Germination takes 1 - 12 months at 10°c. It is probably worthwhile sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in a shady position in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division just as the leafless plant comes into flower in late winter. Replant immediately into their permanent positions.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Hepatica acutilobaAmerican Liverleaf, Sharp-lobed Hepatica, Hepatica02
Hepatica americanaAmerican Liverleaf, Alumroot, Round Lobed Hepatica02

 

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Irena   Fri Jan 18 2008

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