Two kinds of hepatica are considered native to North America: Hepatica acutiloba and H. americana. You tell them apart by looking at the leaves. The sharp-lobed hepatica, H. acutiloba, has pointy leaves.Yet many sources, including the Minnesota Wildflowers website, concede that the difference between the leaves of the sharp-lobed hepatica and the round-lobed hepatica (H. americana) can be pretty subtle. In fact, at one point they were considered variants of the same species. But still, most sources seem to think that the sharp-lobed hepatica does better on limestone soils. If that’s true, I will have trouble growing it on my acid clay, unless I add lime to the soil. But then, I doubt it would naturalize. I have grown other supposedly lime-loving plants without amending the soil, so I am not without hope. But if you know of a source for the white-flowered form of either hepatica, please let me know. Thanks.
Posted for Wildflower Wednesday, created by Gail of Clay and Limestone, to share wildflowers/native plants no matter where you garden in the blogasphere. “It doesn’t matter if we sometimes show the same plants. How they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most. It’s always the fourth Wednesday of the month!”