I have Hepaticas planted in half a dozen locations around the garden. Some are varieties I ordered from specialty nurseries and some are native plants that came over the fence from my neighbor's wildflower garden. The Allen Centennial Gardens on campus recently posted a photo of a beautiful clump of these charming little flowers. Mine, alas, have been very shy about making an appearance. They are definitely sulking with our continuing stretches of cool and cloudy weather.
Luckily they look intriguing even when they are just beginning to appear (above and below).
Straight Hepatica species.
H. acutiloba f. rosea
Despite the tag in the ground next to this plant, I am waiting for its neighbors to appear so I can decide who is who in this group of three plants.
H. acutiloba 'Silver Leaf'
When the sun was out, the light seemed to wash out many of the photos I took. And the minute the sun disappeared, so did the flowers. I was amazed at how tightly they would close up just when I thought the light would be perfect to capture them. Maybe this weekend they will be a little more accommodating to this photographer.