Sharp-leaved Hepatica; Liverleaf
Hepatica acutiloba /Buttercup Family
Flower sepals may be blue, purple, pink, or white depending on the pH of the soil --- a "natural litmus test." Alkaline soils produce blue flowers, acidic soils produce pink, and neutral soils produce white. This plant was the first wildflower I documented in my Wildflowers of the Smokies
book, way back on March 10, 1985! Hepatica is also called "Liverleaf" due to the color and 3-lobed shape of the leaves. These were photographed on the Bluff Trail at Norris Dam State Park.
Where seen:Frozen Head SP, Norris Dam SP, Oak Ridge Greenways, Haw Ridge, Piney River Trail, Savage Gardens, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, Ijams Nature Center