What plant is that?

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Hepatica
Photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood
2010

This is one of Rhode Island’s most beautiful and earliest blooming woodland wildflowers.

William W. Bailey said, about this wildflower; it is found “peeping through the leaves, blue-eyed and coy” in early April, “the happiest of all our wildflowers, smiling always." 

Found in rich woods, and only a few inches tall, it blooms as early as late March or the first week in April.  Its leaves are basal, and evergreen with three rounded lobes. The flowers which arise on long, hairy stalks, are blue or sometimes white. 
This wildflower is rare in Rhode Island.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
 
Anemone americana
Common Name:
  Hepatica
Family:
  Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Habitat:
  rocky woods in limestone areas
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