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Hepatica acutiloba - DC.
                 
Common Name American Liverleaf, Sharp-lobed Hepatica, Hepatica
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness 3-9
Known Hazards Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, most plants in this family are poisonous. This toxicity is usually of a low order and the toxic principle is destroyed by heat or by drying[4, 10, 19, 65].
Habitats Rich woods[222]. Deciduous woods, often in calcareous soils, from sea level to 1200 metres[270].
Range Eastern N. America - Maine to Minnesota, south to Georgia, Alabama and Missouri
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Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Lavender. Main Bloom Time: Early spring. Form: Rounded.

Hepatica acutiloba American Liverleaf, Sharp-lobed Hepatica, Hepatica


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Hepatica acutiloba American Liverleaf, Sharp-lobed Hepatica, Hepatica
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Physical Characteristics
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Hepatica acutiloba is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from Apr to May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, lepidoptera.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) 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

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Hepatic;  Laxative.

A tea made from the leaves is laxative[222]. It is used in the treatment of fevers, liver ailments and poor digestion[222]. At one time it became a cult medicine as a liver tonic and 200,000 kilos of dried Hepatica leaves were used in 1883 alone[222]. Externally, the tea is applied as a wash to swollen breasts[222]. The plant is harvested in late spring or early summer and is dried for later use[238].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Rock garden, Woodland garden. Prefers a deep light soil with leafmold[200]. Grows well on limey woodland soils in half shade, though it also succeeds in deep shade and in full sun[1]. Plants resent root disturbance and should be placed in their permanent positions as soon as possible[188]. This species is closely related to H. americana[200]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing.
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.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Hepatica americanaAmerican Liverleaf, Alumroot, Round Lobed Hepatica02
Hepatica nobilisHepatica, Sharplobe hepatica, Roundlobe hepatica02
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