Photos of Anemone acutiloba, Hepatica acutiloba, Hepatica nobilis var. acuta, sharp-lobed liverleaf, sharplobed hepatica, acute-lobed liverleaf

Anemone acutiloba, Hepatica acutiloba, Hepatica nobilis var. acuta, sharp-lobed liverleaf, sharplobed hepatica, acute-lobed liverleaf, is found in calcareous forests in eastern North America. The flowers range from white, to pale or deep blue or violet; leaf lobes acute-tipped. Various native groups including the Cherokee and Iroquois used plant decoction for abdominal pains, blood purifier, for shortness of breath and other conditions. Noted as a cough medicine about 1830, it was an obscure medicinal plant until the 1880s when patent medicines promising to treat liver disease and purify the blood created an immediate demand. So great in fact, that in the year 1880, a demand for over 212.5 tons of the herb was created. Once again, the herb has slipped into appropriate obscurity, appreciated as an early-blooming , beautiful wildflower.

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