Tradition! Tevye sings it, and botanists follow along almost religiously. Whatever name a plant starts with always has priority. Unless there's a better reason than tradition to rename it. Unless tradition is just too hard to give up. Many authors still don't surrender to the molecular evidence, and continue with Hepatica acutiloba. Molecular evidence places Hepatica in Anemone, and indicates it could be united with the Eurasian plants and our others into Anemone hepatica. I'm going out on a limb here and voting liberal - Anemone acutiloba! If you do have it be a separate species, it lives in AL, AR, CT(T), DE, FL(E), GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME(X), MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 3/19/12.