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.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons