The liverleaf is fairly common in the Royal National City Park, but the most splendid displays are to be seen in the oak copse in Piper’s Park in Solna. The magnificent carpet of liverleaf on Tivoli’s eastern point on northeast Brunnsviken attracts more than just the local admirers from Bergshamra, well deserving its species name ‘noble’.
The liverleaf arrives before the wood anemone in the Stockholm region, often as early as April, when patches of snow still remain. The leaves are large, somewhat leathery and dark green. According to the Doctrine of Signatures, which dominated medicine during the Middle Ages, the liverleaf was considered a remedy for liver ailments on account of the leaf’s resemblance to the liver and the liver-brown colour of the underside of the leaf.
The liverleaf has seeds with fleshy appendages that attract ants, which carry them to their anthills. By dropping many en route the ants help to colonise the plant. The liverleaf can grow to be several hundred years old and is a protected species in Stockholm County.