Hepatica triloba. - Three-lobed. - This delicate little plant is one of the earliest visitors in spring, flowering in sunny spots before the snow has left the ground. The flowers are bluish-purple, and sometimes white. The leaves are heart-shaped at base, divided into three lobes. Found in open woods. It succeeds well in a shady place in the garden. There are some lovely cultivated varieties, with double blue, red and white flowers, but they are rarely seen in collections of plants.