Round-lobed hepatica (Hepatica americana)

Round-lobed hepatica photograph;  MN DNR, Dan Wovcha

Blue, pink or white flowers bloom briefly early May. The distinctive leaves with their 3 round lobes persist all summer. Native perennial, to 6", in upland woods. Hepatica refers to the liver-like shape of the leaves. Ancient herbalists believed that the shape of a plant determined its usefulness, as this one for treatment of liver disease.