This Hepatica acutiloba seems almost identical to the one I saw in Tennessee, and it’s growing within walking distance of my house.
lmost a month after I visited Tennessee
, I walked down our country road to the same general area where I had seen trilliums and other spring ephemerals in abundance
last year, and discovered hepaticas growing there as well. I must have visited this area too late to see them last year.
Besides white, I saw various shades of blue-purple and pink, often growing right next to each other, so I don’t think the pH of the soil caused the different colors. They were more likely genetic variations.
This was the deepest colored hepatica that I saw, next to a red trillium (Trillium erectum) in bud.
This clump has a pink flush to it. I did see some pinker ones, but didn’t get a good photo of any.
Would you call this lavender?
This one has a delicate blue flush.
I am reassured that, once I find a source for it, Hepatica acutiloba
will do well here.
That is the beauty of reading seed catalogues while the next snowstorm approaches. We seed in an imaginary spring, weed in an imaginary summer, harvest in an imaginary fall.
in A Whiff of Spring, NY Times editorial 10 Jan 2011