|hepatica (Hepatica spp.)||
hepatica (Hepatica spp.; BUTTERCUP FAMILY [Ranunculaceae]) Small perennial herb with conspicuous bluish to white or pink flowers. The apparent petals are actually sepals, and what seem like sepals are technically bracts. Named for the liver-like shape (sometimes even color), of the leaf, which is typically 3-lobed and persists through the winter. Occurs in rich woods. Flowers in early spring. Two species in Wisconsin differ principally in shape of leaf lobes. 
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