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In the northeastern United States, persistent snowstorms pushed back the flush of spring ephemerals by a few weeks at least. While the ground is still mostly covered in snow, today I was hoping that a few warm days in a row would have permitted some growth. I am pleased with the one ephemeral wildflower I did happen upon - a round-lobed hepatica. Hepatica is a lovely flower in the buttercup family that ranges from white to violet, its stem and leaves covered in a downy hair.