The first warm rays of sunshine lure early bloomers into the light. The sun shines onto the forest floor still unhindered by leafy canopies. Millions of hollowroot are growing now on the nutrient-rich forest floor.
Liverleaf with its small, blue-purple blossoms is one of the first species that brings colour to the otherwise bleak woodland in spring. Both the generic name Hepatica and the trivial name are derived from the shape of the leaves, which are reminiscent of the shape of the human liver. In the old days, the leaves were said to have healing powers for liver diseases. Liverleaf closes its blossoms in the rain and in the evening.