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Wildflower Bloom Report

Beautiful Spring Wildflowers Blooming Across Ohio

Posted on 4/14/2017 by State Nature Preserves
Didn’t we have beautiful spring weather this week? With a perfect mix of sunshine, warm temperatures, and adequate rain, we had a spectacular week for wildflower viewing. While this weekend looks to be a little cloudy and rainy, enough flowers are up an open across the state that these cloudy days will be wonderful to photograph our spring bloomers with a few drops of water on their green foliage. Here’s what’s happening around the state.


Peak bloom arrives this week in our counties along the Ohio River, with the most species and the showiest displays happening right now. Miller continues to be absolutely beautiful, with Virginia bluebells, bellwort and wild columbine now blooming. At our program last weekend at Scioto Brush Creek we found 25 species in bloom, including golden alexanders, Virginia Bluebells, wild geranium, and Jacob’s-ladder. Large white trillium and drooping trillium are now reaching peak across the southern third of the state. Our favorite spots in the south include Whipple, Lake Katharine, Conkles Hollow and Hall’s Creek Woods.


Clifton Gorge is in near peak condition, where large-flowered bellwort, drooping and large white trillium, Dutchman’s breeches and Virginia bluebells are stunning. Hepatica is still present, but is beginning to fade. At Christmas Rocks, wild geranium is now open, with spring beauty, trailing arbutus, and rue-anemone at peak. At Kendrick Woods, look for spring beauty, sessile trillium, bloodroot, and Dutchman’s breeches. At Salt Fork, bloomers include spring beauty, Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn, common blue violet, rue anemone, and yellow fumewort. Peak bloom in nearing in central Ohio. Look for it to arrive toward the end of the upcoming week.


Things are really ramping up at Goll Woods, where you’ll find spring beauty, hepatica, bloodroot, purple cress, Dutchman’s breeches, and marsh marigold. At Eagle Creek, Bloodroot is at peak, with the best displays we’ve seen there in over a decade. Marsh marigold is now open as well, while the trilliums, Virginia bluebells, and squirrel corn are just emerging. If you're looking for a different habitat to explore, the bell-shaped flowers of the low-growing leatherleaf shrub are blooming at Triangle Lake and Cooperrider-Kent Bog.

Finally, moving east, at Sheepskin Hollow, hepatica, miterwort, wild stonecrop and spring beauty are peaking, but the first large white and red trilliums are now opening. Yellow trout-lily, wood anemone, bloodroot, wild strawberry and several violet species are just beginning. If you make it to Sheepskin Hollow, visit nearby Beaver Creek State Park, where Dutchman’s breeches, large white trillium, cut leaf toothwort, yellow fumewort, hepatica, bluets, and halberd leaved violet are now blooming.

We’ve reached that point in the wildflower season where the peak bloom is near, and the tree canopy will begin to leaf out in the south. To see the forest carpeted with wildflowers, head south this weekend. If you’re looking for the early bloomers, a trip north will certainly be worth your while. Happy spring!

The Ohio wildflower bloom report is updated weekly with the best places to see spring wildflowers in Ohio as well as specific information on native wildflowers in the state. We encourage you to take spring wildflower photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag, #ohiowildflowers. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter and Division of Natural Areas and Preserves on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.