Flower Spotlight: Hepatica
There are only two species of hepatica in North America, both live in the same area: the sharp-lobed and the round-lobed hepatica. Both species look the same except for the three deeply lanceolate lobed leaves are either pointed at the end or rounded.
Each plant plant has several slender, hairy stalks that lead to a pretty flower of five to nine petal-like sepals.
Fun fact- there are no true petals on these flowers, instead they're classified as sepals
"Usually green, sepals typically function as protection for the flower in bud, and often as support for the petals when in bloom."
These flowers come in a variety of colors - white, pink, purple, and blue!
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.