Forty-eight images of Hepatica nobilis var. acuta, Hepatica triloba var. acutiloba, Hepatica acutiloba, Anemone acutiloba, Anemone hepatica var. acuta, Liverleaf, Hepatica, Acute-lobed Liverleaf is found in calcareous forests in eastern North America. The flowers range from white, to pale or deep blue or violet. Various native groups including the Cherokee and Iroqouis used decoctions of the plant for abdominal pains, as a blood purifiers, for shortness of breath and other conditions. Noted as a cough medicine about 1830, it was an obscure medicinal plant until the 1880s when patent medicines promising to treat liver disease and purify the blood created an immediate demand. So great in fact, the in the year 1880 alone there was demand for over 212.5 tons of the herb. Once again, the herb has slipped into appropriate obsurity. Botanists--please get the taxonomy stable!
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