#TBT Hepatica

Hepatica by d charvat

Hepatica by d charvat

Here’s a Throwback Thursday from way back in April of 2011.

Wikipedia says that Hepatica was named for its leaves, which, like the human liver (Greek hepar), have three lobes. It was once used as a medicinal herb. Owing to the doctrine of signatures, the plant was thought an effective treatment for liver disorders. Although poisonous in large doses, the leaves and flowers may be used as an astringent, demulcent for slow-healing injuries and as a diuretic.

More in Diane’s Wildflowers gallery on Flickr.

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