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Hepatica nobilis.

Hepatica nobilis lists amongst the first flowers to bloom in springtime. As soon as snow disappears, the flowers bloom still before any leaf is visible. Flowers may be blue, pink or white.

Hepatica nobilis
B d Col – April 2015.
Blue flowers blooming. No leafs yet.

Hepatica nobilis
B d Col – April 2015.
White flowers blooming. Some small leafs begin to appear.

Hepatica nobilis
Ghigo – June 1985.
Abnormal specimen showing multiple flowers. Instead of the usual 8 petals, there are many. Assuming that my memory is correct, I collected this plant when I was a child on the path between Cougno and Rodoretto. It kept blooming over a couple of decades in my garden in Ghigo.

Hepatica nobilis
Ghigo – April 1995.
Abnormal specimen blooming.

Hepatica nobilis
Ghigo – April 1997.
Detail of the abnormal flower.

Hepatica nobilis
B d Col – April 2014.
After blooming has completed, leafs begin to grow.

Hepatica nobilis
Galmount – June 2015.
After blooming, leafs grow to full size and the plant achieves the shape it will keep across the summer.

Hepatica nobilis
Galmount – June 2015.
When the flower disappear, seeds begin to develop.

Hepatica nobilis
Galmount – June 2015.
Seeds are completed. Over summer they will reach full size and mature.

Hepatica nobilis
During summer the plant collects resources that will be used during the following spring.
August 2017.

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