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Lakeside Daisy Open House in May

Posted on 5/1/2014 by State Nature Preserves

ODNR hosts Lakeside Daisy Open House
Ohio’s rarest wildflower greets visitors during the month of May

MARBLEHEAD, OH – The bright yellow blooms of Ohio’s rarest wildflowers, the Lakeside daisy, will greet visitors at Lakeside Daisy (Colleen “Casey” Taylor & Ruth E. Fiscus) State Nature Preserve in Ottawa County. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Natural Areas and Preserves will host its annual Lakeside Daisy Open House on Saturday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Lakeside daisy is known to grow naturally in only a handful of places worldwide, including on Lake Erie’s Marblehead Peninsula. This globally rare perennial flourishes where few other plants can—on nearly barren limestone bedrock in full sunlight. May is the best time to view these bright yellow blooms while they are at their peak.

Staff will be on hand to share information about the Lakeside Daisy and other endangered plants on Saturday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras to photograph the stunning floral display. Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve encompasses 19 acres of old limestone quarried land, and was purchased from the Lafarge Corporation in 1988 with donations to the Ohio Income Tax Checkoff Fund. This preserve was named in honor of Colleen Taylor and Ruth Fiscus, who were instrumental in mobilizing statewide support for the acquisition and protection of this site.

Lakeside Daisy is located in Ottawa County south of Marblehead on the Marblehead Peninsula on the east side of Alexander Pike (Township Road 142), .5 mile south of State Route 163.