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Hepatica nobilis

Anémone hépatique
Liverwort

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Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

purple,

blue

Flower size

15-25 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May

Leaf type

Cordate,

Lobed

Height

10-20 cm

Description

A beautiful woodland plant. The name hepatica comes from the word ‘hepar’ meaning liver in Greek, referring to the liver colour of the underside of the leaves.

In former times it was thought that the shape or colour of a plant indicated which part of the body it could be used for, this was called ‘The Doctrine of Signatures’. Hepatica nobilis was used to treat liver complaints.

Flowers

The white stamens, together with the bright purplish-blue of the petals, make this flower conspicuous.

Leaves

Cordate heart-shaped, Lobed leaf shaped with indents and protrusions. Heart-shaped at base with 3 lobes, fleshy.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a cluster of 1-seeded fruit, hairy.

Medical

Whole plant: mild tonic for the liver, digestive and bronchial systems.

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