This is one of those plants I prefer to use its scientific name Hepatica Americana which sounds a lot nicer than liverwort, which sounds like a deli sandwich. Though tiny, they are very noticeable because of the spots of color in the brown and tan woods. The Hepatica is one of the first ephemerals to blossom in the Spring, even before the vernal equinox. Like ephemerals, these plants opportunistic and enjoy sunshine in the forest before the deciduous trees leaf.
Wildflowers keep me healthy by rewarding my hikes with discoveries such as these flowers. What’s more, they encourage me to go back and hike it again. I saw a bunch of trillium and trout lilies there about to bloom so I have to go back.