Liverleaf Hepatica × media 'Harvington Beauty'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
hepatica 'Harvington Beauty'


Hepatica × media 'Harvington Beauty', commonly known as liverleaf, is a charming perennial plant that showcases a stunning display of flowers and foliage. The leaves of this variety have a distinctive leathery texture and are usually three-lobed, resembling the shape of a liver, which is where the common name derives from. During the cooler months, the foliage can take on hues of bronzy-green to reddish-purple, adding a touch of warm color to the garden. The true allure of liverleaf lies in its flowers, which rise above the foliage in early spring. 'Harvington Beauty' boasts blossoms that exhibit a gentle range of colors from soft pinks to deep purples, often with a delicate flush of blue. Each flower has numerous slender petals that encircle a center of prominent, pale yellow stamens, creating an eye-catching contrast. These blooms appear on slender stems and create a delightful display that heralds the arrival of spring. Liverleaf's appearance is further complemented by its graceful growth habit, forming clumps that elegantly showcase its heartening floral display. The balance between the attractive foliage and the exquisite flowers makes Hepatica × media 'Harvington Beauty' a favored choice for gardeners looking to add a touch of elegance to their early spring garden palette.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Liverleaf, Liverwort

    • Common names

      Hepatica × media 'Harvington Beauty'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Liverleaf is generally not considered toxic to humans. However, as with any plant, individual sensitivity can vary, and it is always advisable to handle plants with care and avoid ingestion unless they are known to be safe and intended for culinary use. If ingested, any plant material could potentially cause discomfort or an allergic reaction, even if the plant is not typically classified as poisonous. It is wise to consult with a medical professional if any adverse reaction occurs following ingestion or handling of unknown plants.

    • To pets

      Liverleaf is not commonly known to be toxic to pets. Like with humans, individual pets might have varying sensitivity to different plants. It is always best to discourage pets from eating ornamental plants, as they could cause gastrointestinal upset or other issues. If a pet does ingest Liverleaf and seems to be suffering from any symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or unusual behavior, it is important to consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      12 inches (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Hepatica × media 'Harvington Beauty', commonly known as Hepatica, has attractive blooms which can add color and interest to garden settings.
    • Seasonal Interest: This plant offers early spring flowers, providing a welcome splash of color after the winter months.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The flowers of Hepatica can attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, which are important for a healthy ecosystem.
    • Low Maintenance: Hepatica is generally considered easy to care for and does not require intensive maintenance, making it suitable for gardeners of all levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, Hepatica can tolerate periods of drought, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Shade Tolerance: Hepatica is capable of thriving in partially shaded areas where other plants might struggle, making it versatile for different garden spots.
    • Ground Cover: With its foliage and growth habit, Hepatica can serve as an effective ground cover, reducing weed growth and soil erosion.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Hepatica can be used in pressed flower art as their delicate blooms retain color well and add a touch of early spring to crafts and decorations.
    • The leaves of Hepatica have an interesting shape and can be used in botanical printing processes to create unique patterns on fabrics or paper.
    • Owing to its early blooming, Hepatica flowers can be used as indicators for the arrival of spring in educational or phenological studies.
    • Photographers can utilize the vivid colors and textures of Hepatica as a natural subject for macro photography and nature-inspired art projects.
    • The plant can be featured in fairy gardens for an enchanting aesthetic, given its small size and delicate appearance, typical of woodland settings.
    • Eco-dying with Hepatica produces subtle hues and can be an interesting way to explore natural dyes in textile art.
    • Garden designers might use Hepatica for underplanting deciduous trees and shrubs, leveraging its ability to provide early seasonal interest.
    • Culinary artists might use the non-toxic flowers of Hepatica as an edible garnish for springtime dishes, though they do not have a notable flavor.
    • Artisans can create botanical jewelry by encasing Hepatica flowers in resin, which preserves the beauty of the flower in wearable art forms.
    • Wedding planners could incorporate Hepatica into early spring wedding bouquets or decorations for a seasonal and natural touch.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Liverleaf is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Liverleaf is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Hepatica x media 'Harvington Beauty’, also known as liverleaf or liverwort, often blooms early in the spring, showing its resilience by pushing through the last snows and frosts.
    • Hope: Its early spring bloom can symbolize hope, representing the promise of new beginnings and the end of a harsh winter.
    • Protection: Traditionally, hepatica was thought to have protective qualities, especially in folklore where it was used to ward off negative energies and spirits.
    • Beauty: The 'Harvington Beauty' variety, with its attractive flowers, represents the appreciation of natural beauty and the beauty that comes from perseverance.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Spring to Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Liverwort requires consistent moisture, especially during spring and fall. It should be watered deeply once a week, allowing the soil to slightly dry out between waterings. During the active growing season, water with approximately one gallon per plant, ensuring that water penetrates the root zone thoroughly. In winter, reduce watering to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. Adjust frequency based on weather conditions; more during hot, dry spells and less during cool, wet periods.

  • sunLight

    Liverwort thrives best in partial shade conditions, as too much direct sunlight can damage its delicate leaves. It prefers a spot that simulates its natural woodland habitat—bright but filtered light. The best location would be under the canopy of tall trees or a site that receives morning sun and afternoon shade.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Liverwort favors cooler temperatures and thrives in zones where the average minimum winter temperature does not drop below -30 to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature range for optimal growth is between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme heat can stress the plant, so protection from intense summer sun is important.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning liverwort is generally limited to removing dead or damaged leaves and spent flowers to maintain plant health and appearance. This can be done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Regular deadheading during the blooming season can also encourage more flowers.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Hepatica Nobilis, commonly known as Liverleaf, thrives best in a soil mix that is rich in organic matter with good drainage. A mixture of loamy soil, leaf mold, and perlite or coarse sand works well to mimic its natural woodland conditions. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ideally ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Liverleaf does not require frequent repotting and can typically be repotted every 2-3 years. It is best to repot in the spring just as new growth begins, but disturbing the roots as little as possible.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Liverleaf prefers a moderately humid environment that simulates its natural woodland habitat. Aim for humidity levels of 50-60% for optimal growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Liverleaf in bright indirect light, keep soil moist, and ensure high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Liverleaf in dappled shade, moist soil, and protect from harsh sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Hepatica x media 'Harvington Beauty', commonly known as Harvington Beauty, begins its life cycle when the seed germinates, typically in moist, soil conditions, with partial to full shade. The seedling stage progresses as it develops true leaves, resembling miniature versions of the adult plant's foliage. As it matures into a juvenile plant, it forms a rosette of rounded, lobed leaves and builds up energy reserves through photosynthesis. The adult plant reaches reproductive maturity, producing distinctive flowers that range in color from pale blue to pinkish-purple, often blooming early in spring before many other perennials. After pollination, seeds develop and are eventually dispersed to give rise to new plants. The Harvington Beauty perennates each year by dying back to its root system after the growing season, resuming growth the following spring from overwintering buds.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: Hepatica × media 'Harvington Beauty', commonly known as Liverwort, is a perennial plant that is most effectively propagated by seed or division. The most popular method is division, which is ideally carried out in the spring as the plant emerges from dormancy. To propagate Liverwort by division, carefully dig up the plant, ensuring you preserve as much of the root system as possible. With a sharp knife or spade, divide the plant into smaller sections, each with at least one shoot and a portion of the root system. Replant the divisions at the same soil depth they were originally growing, spacing them about 10 to 12 inches (approximately 25 to 30 centimeters) apart. Water the new divisions well to help establish them. This method allows for a quicker establishment and flowering of divided plants compared to starting from seed.