One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the buttercup family with flowers similar to those of the anemone, native to northern temperate regions.
Genus Hepatica, family Ranunculaceae
- ‘The forest has not been cut for 300 years, and I found myself surrounded by ground flora such as Solomon's seal, lily of the valley, yellow wood anemone, toothwort, asarabacca, herb paris and hepatica.’
- ‘On this day, the first hepatica buds were poking through the leaf mat, and some were opening into startlingly light-blue flowers.’
- ‘It gathered flowers from the forest floor as they walked: yellow celandine and primrose, pale anemone, pink-veined wood sorrel, purple hepatica, lilac and plum violets.’
- ‘Many of our loveliest spring wildflowers - trillium, wild ginger, Dutchman's breeches, and hepatica among them - simply can't compete.’
- ‘Twenty feet high, the cataract drops its riches into the upper end of the pool, cloaked by hepatica and trailing vines.’
From medieval Latin hepatica (herba) ‘plant having liver-shaped parts, or one used to treat liver diseases’, feminine of hepaticus (see hepatic).
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