Hepatica Blooming in the Sunny Woodlands

Hepatica waits for the first few days with sun and warmth in early Spring to show its pretty blossoms.

At a time when practically nothing else is happening in the woodlands, it’s so rewarding, and a little surprising, to see such a delicate flower among the leaf litter.

Hepatica blooming on 12 April 2014
Hepatica blooming on 12 April 2014

Over the last week we’ve seen hepatica bloom in white, lilac and deep purple. The cream-colored stamens really stand out against the simple six or seven petals that draw our attention.

A bouquet of hepatica in the sun
A bouquet of hepatica in the sun

The flowers and leaves can really hide under the leaf cover. It’s really surprising how well purple blends!

Hepatica comes up from under the leaf cover.
Hepatica comes up from under the leaf cover.

In the photo just above did you see the flower that has yet to rise up out of the leaf litter? Here is the same plant a week later on another sunny day. The photo was taken in the early morning before the sunshine fully opened the blossoms, but you can see there are now three flowers.

Hepatica in the Early Morning
Hepatica in the Early Morning

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