23 April 2015

Hepatica nobilis








My favorite wild spring flower : Hepatica nobilis.
Photos taken 18.4.2015.

Hepatica is one of the first plants to flower in the spring. The first
flowers bring colour to the forest floor in April already, although most
plants bloom in May. Hepatica is hardy and not scared of night frost, and
even an extended winter doesn’t cause any irreparable damage. Sometimes
it is inspired to flower in the autumn too, and if the weather is favourable
even in the middle of winter: flowering individuals have even been
observed in January and February. Hepatica varies with regards to its
colour and leaf form. Red and white flowers are not so rare and
white-spotted leaves are quite common, but forms with layered petals and
twice-lobed leaves are rare.

Before there were garden and flower shops, hepatica was a
sought-after item in the market. Many of the plant’s current stands
were originally transplants as people brought them into their yards and
gardens as ornamentals. Hepatica is not able to vegetatively expand its
area and digging a bunch can decimate the species in the wild: it has
clearly dwindled in recent years in its favoured habitats.
In the wild the species only spreads through its seeds, which
are transported by ants. In its long lifetime it
can produce up to ten thousand seeds. (Nature Gate)

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80 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures of a beautiful flower !

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  2. Dear Gunilla,
    my congrats for these amazing macro series!
    Very impressive!!!
    Have a nice friday
    moni

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    http://www.reflexionblog.de

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    1. Thank you, dear Moni! Have a lovely Friday.

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  3. So lovely - my favourite sign of spring!

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  4. Gunilla, what a little gem. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  5. That is the best purple I've ever seen. No wonder it's your favorite spring flower!

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  6. Well captured portrait of a nice flower. I haven't seen it for a long time (earlier was more in the forest)

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  7. oh that blue!
    I'd give anything to be able to grow these.

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  8. A wonderful series of photos.
    what a beautiful color and great quality.
    I like these fine delicate spring flowers.
    Greetings, Karin

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  9. I also love hepatica. They are nicknamed 'yukiwari-sou', or 'snow-breaking plant' where we live. They are lovely.

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  10. gorgeous. i think i have seen one similar to this? not sure. but so lovely. i enjoy your shots. have a nice day!! do take care. ( :

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    1. Thank you, Beth! Have a great weekend.

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  11. Smallish flower, yet very colorful. Your photos are very nice, Gunilla! Well done!!
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

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    1. Thank you, Chandra! Have a lovely weekend.

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  12. Få ting slår blåveisblomstringen i skogen!
    Vårglede nr. 1 :)

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    1. Tusen tack! De är så otroligt vackra. :-)

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  13. Such wonderful macro photos! We have these flowers here in Oregon too.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! They're lovely, aren't they?

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  14. Wow, very nice close-ups. The one with the water drop is my favorite !

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  15. Radiant! Bright!




    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  16. Stunning color, Gunilla. Very nice close-up photos of these sweet little flowers.

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  17. It's always good to see the first flowers of spring. I especially like your first picture. It's interesting.

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  18. A very pretty flower adnwonderful shots of it.

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  19. Hi Gunilla,
    Beautiful pictures of this flower.
    I love the color.

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  20. Hej Gunilla!
    Så fina bilder av en riktig skönhet.
    Ha en skön helg!

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    1. Tack, Marika! Ha en fin helg. Jag hoppas vi får solsken. :-)

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  21. They are beautiful!
    We've got a few things blooming, but snow fell early today.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! We didn't get snow, but I think they got 10 cm a little further north.

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  22. I adore this wildflower and am looking for mine to bloom soon if we can warm up again...been snowing for 2 days and close to 32 degrees F

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    1. Thank you, Donna! I hope you'll get warmer weather soon.

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  23. such lovely, delicate details!! and the color, ooooooooo!!!!

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  24. Gorgeous shots! I particularly like that first one.

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  25. Beautiful pictures of beautiful flowers.

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  26. A beautiful little flower Gunilla and great macros you have shot.

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  27. excellent, love the delicate blue color.

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  28. A brilliant flower Gunilla and thank you for sharing and giving the information about it. Wishing you a very happy weekend :)

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    1. Thank you, Denise! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  29. Dear Gunilla,
    this is such a beautiful series of these wonderful tiny wild flowers!!! I very much like these little white stamens in contrast to the enchanting colour of the petals!
    Your informations about them are very interesting for me, too!

    Enjoy a wonderful weekend and have a very good time :)
    Katrin

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    1. Thank you, Katrin! Have a great weekend.

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  30. What a delightful little flower. I would love to see it growing in the wild.

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  31. Stunning closeups of a beautiful flower! Interesting and somewhat sad that the hybrids and propagated varieties are so sought after, when a natural little bloom like this is so often overlooked.

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  32. Beautiful macro and truly beautiful colors !!! I love these flowers.

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  33. I haven't been here for so a long time - i missed so many great series of photos!
    These pictures are so fantastic, i like them really, dear Gunilla.
    Hugs from germany and have a very nice week ... Frauke

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    1. Thank you, dear Frauke! Have a great week.

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  34. Beautiful shots! We have similar garden flowers,maybe they are a cultivated variety.

    Have a lovely week Gunilla,
    Ruby

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  35. snygga bilder på blåsippan. Och du har lyckats få en droppe på den också. Det har jag aldrig sett tror jag.

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    1. Tack, Monica! Det var en grå och mulen dag, men jag vet inte om det hade regnat.

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  36. These are delightful photos, Gunilla. Hepaticas are beautiful flowers, which I am quite partial to. A pity we don't have them here in Australia.
    Thanks for participating in Floral Friday Fotos, I look forward to your next contribution!

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