Blue Hepatica

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Hepatica nobolis is a tiny early blooming woodland plant that does well as an under-planting and doesn’t seem to mind a bit of dryness now and again. I rarely see it in use — it seems to be overlooked in favor of the larger, more colorful bulbs that flower around the same time. Or perhaps it is because there is a general (and wrong) belief that woodland plants are boring?

I’ve posted here about a similar white-flowered hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba) previously, but have to admit I prefer the more colorful species like the one above.

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6 thoughts on “Blue Hepatica

  1. I have to admit that I fall into that anti-woodland bias (though I’m trying to overcome it). That is really lovely though. Thanks.

  2. The hepatica is such a dainty beauty. I had completely forgotten about this little plant and don’t have them in my garden. I do believe (aren’t they poisonous?) that the deer might leave these alone.

  3. I love this perennial – I would like to move some of it to another location in my garden and wonder if it would transplant successfully.

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