Plant ID forum: Midwest US spring wildflower

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HankB
Apr 16, 2018 7:15 AM CST
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Hi all, We spotted these on a walk at Starved Rock State Park (Region 5) at the top of the bluffs along the river. Based on location I would say they grow in a well drained location and in full shade. These were found in conditions similar to Spring beauty and Dutchman's Breeches.

I don't recognize them and would appreciate help with identification.

Thanks!
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crawgarden
Apr 16, 2018 8:09 AM CST
Maybe Purple Cress Any chance of a clearer pic?
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HankB
Apr 16, 2018 10:57 AM CST
Thanks for the reply and the welcome. It was cold and rainy so I didn't bring my regular camera. I just couldn't resist the temptation to pull my cell phone out when my wife spotted this one. That's the best I have and likely won't be back to get something better any time soon.

I looked at the pictures in the link you provided. The flowers there seem to be branching out from a stem that is above the leaves whereas this has a single blossom on each stem and no leaves visible. The Purple Cress also doesn't seem to have the prominent sepals. I don't think that's it.

thanks,
hank

Edit: I did some more searching and wonder if it could be Sharp-lobed Hepatica? Can't post a link but I found representative pictures on the same web site.

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Name: Danita
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Danita
Apr 16, 2018 11:14 AM CST
Hello Hank & Welcome! !

Hepatica has those distinctive bracts.

Check this out for comparison,
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HankB
Apr 16, 2018 11:22 AM CST
Danita said:Hello Hank & Welcome! !

Hepatica has those distinctive bracts.

Check this out for comparison,


Yes, I think so!

thanks,
hank
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 16, 2018 11:22 AM CST
Danita said:Hello Hank & Welcome! !

Hepatica has those distinctive bracts.

Check this out for comparison,


I agree. These are an anemone/hepatica of some sort. Also, this location is not full shade at this time of year. That's why they grow there. Smiling
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greene
Jun 17, 2018 4:10 PM CST
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This photo is really nice but I don't see a generic entry in our NGA database for Hepatica.
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