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Common hepatica

Hepatica nobilis

Description:

The common hepatica is a well known and cherished wildflower in Norway. The genus name in latin, nobilis, means nobel. This small herbaceous perennial plant grows to a maximum height of 10 cm. The flower colour varies from the light blues to deep blue and purple. The blue in this picture is the most common variety.

Habitat:

Woodland in the Northern Hemisphere.

Notes:

Beautiful and tiny blue flower that in Norway is the first sign of spring.

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53 Comments (1–25)

grade-78-science9
grade-78-science9 9 months ago

Also known as common hepatica, kidneywort, pennywort and by its scientific name, Anemone hepatica, this perennial herb has a long history of medicinal herbal use especially for liver ailments. References to liverwort can be found in the pages of Maude Grieve's 1931 Modern Herbal and in the Physician's Desk Reference for Herbal Medicine.
Scientific name: Anemone hepatica
Anemone hepatica grows 5–15 cm high.

Elsa
Elsa 4 years ago

A favourite in spring ceejayalyssa! :D

ceejayalyssa
ceejayalyssa 4 years ago

what a pretty flower

Elsa
Elsa 4 years ago

Thank you Ali, I am looking forward to seeing more spottings from you!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 4 years ago

amazing

Elsa
Elsa 4 years ago

Thank you Adarsha (a little bit delayed response) :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 4 years ago

That is very beautiful!

Elsa
Elsa 4 years ago

Thank you guys, appreciated!

柯婷譯
柯婷譯 4 years ago

Beautiful!

Dr.PonMalar
Dr.PonMalar 4 years ago

good shot.. :)

Elsa
Elsa 5 years ago

Thanks nok2007 :)

nok2007
nok2007 5 years ago

wow !

tdphuc
tdphuc 5 years ago

Looks fantastic

Elsa
Elsa 5 years ago

Thanks for your comment Jason Alexander :) They are quite pretty little things.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 5 years ago

So colorful!

Elsa
Elsa 5 years ago

Hi Yulia, sorry for late reply - is this global or Ontario?

yulia8473
yulia8473 5 years ago

please join my mission Purples of Nature
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/9435...

Elsa
Elsa 5 years ago

Thank you very much KatCuff and Veetorious, appreciate your comments!

Veetorious
Veetorious 5 years ago

Absolutely stunning flower! Beautiful shots! : )

KatCuff
KatCuff 5 years ago

Beautiful series!

Elsa
Elsa 5 years ago

Thanks AnjaliAnantharam! :)

AnjaliAnantharam
AnjaliAnantharam 5 years ago

Beautiful!

Elsa
Elsa 6 years ago

Thank you very much LizAndersen! To me they are such a wonderful sign of spring (especially after winter 2010-2011 lasting for FIVE MONTHS). I am pretty sure I used my Sigma 18-200. If not may have been my tele-macro, also a Sigma (70-300) - will have to double check..

LizAndersen
LizAndersen 6 years ago

This is the most beautiful picture I've seen of a Common Hepatica. And I have seen many, both in nature and in pictures. They are very difficult to capture. They are small and they will never stand still:) Looking forward to spring, then I'm going out to try to take such a great picture, like yours.
Which lens have you used?

Elsa
Elsa 6 years ago

Thanks alot VivBraznell! :)

Akershus, Norway

Lat: 59.83, Long: 10.44

Spotted on Apr 27, 2011
Submitted on May 27, 2011

Spotted for mission

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