Friday, 2 March 2012

Hepatica - before it blooms

Hepatica buds, downy soft, were hiding under dead leaves
 Today we discovered Hepatica in the woods on a hillside above a creek (and, lower down, lots of skunk cabbage!).  We had to step off the path a few feet to reach this patch.  It's hard not to step on them because they're so hard to see! 
Back side of a hepatica leaf is purple with tiny hairs

Close-up of tiny hairs which cover hepatica
 We'll have to return next week so we can see the blossoms! 
Hepatica leaves blend in with dead leaf cover

Close-up of the top of a hepatica

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