Photos of Anemone americana, Hepatica americana, Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa, Hepatica triloba var. americana, roundlobed hepatica, round-lobed liverleaf.

Anemone americana, Hepatica americana, Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa, Hepatica triloba var. americana, roundlobed hepatica, round-lobed liverleaf. The flowers range from white, to pale or deep blue or violet. Various native groups including the Cherokee and Iroquois used plant decoctions for abdominal pain, a blood purifier, 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 1880, a demand for over 212.5 tons of the herb was created. It is a lovely, early wildflower in the eastern deciduous forest.

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