Emily's Garden
Crocus   | Trailing Arbutus   | Spring Beauty   | Hepatica   | Sweet White Violet
  Trout Lily |   Anemone |   Indian Pipe

Hepatica

“Hepatica” is from the Latin “hepaticus,” and means “of or pertaining to the liver.”

“This herbe is called ‘lyverworte’” wrote an herbalist in 1525. “His vertue is to destroy and clense the hardnes of the lyver.” (“Worte” or “wort” is a traditional English name for “plant.”)

The shape of this plant’s lobed leaf reminded early herbalists of a human liver, and from this resemblance they concocted its medicinal uses.



In an 1848 letter Emily Dickinson mentioned finding the “liverleaf” and “many other smaller flowers” while home from Mt. Holyoke College.








“If we love flowers are we not born again every day?” E.D.

Sweet White Violet

In April, 1851, Emily Dickinson wrote from Amherst to her friend Susan Gilbert, “I can’t forgive me ever, if I have made you sad….I write from the Land of Violets, and from the Land of Spring, and it would ill become me to carry you nought but sorrows.”

 
Crocus   | Trailing Arbutus   | Spring Beauty   | Hepatica   | Sweet White Violet
  Trout Lily |   Anemone |   Indian Pipe


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