The lovely flowers and mottled leaves appearing in early spring
are distinctive of the hepaticas. Round-lobed hepatica
) is also reported from the Park and differs in having
leaf lobes with rounded edges. To make things worse, hybrids
between the two species, with intermediate leaves are known, and
could be expected in the Park. At first glance, hepaticas
could also be confused with rue anemone,
but that plant has very different leaves and often many more petals.