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Wildflower Bloom Report

Early Ohio Wildflower Season Continues

Posted on 3/3/2017 by State Nature Preserves
After an extremely early start, spring wildflower season is creeping along slowly around the state. In southern Ohio, several species are just beginning to bloom. The forest floor is greening up and a few blooms are present in the central part of the state, but northern Ohio is still relatively quiet. A trip to the woods this weekend will reveal a few blooms perhaps, especially in our southern counties along the Ohio River, but we have quite a ways to go before the peak season is here.

Look for skunk cabbage now throughout the state. It’s at peak bloom. Good places to check in northwest Ohio include Collier State Nature Preserve in Seneca County and Campbell State Nature Preserve in Lucas County. In northeast Ohio, Stark County’s Jackson Bog and Portage County’s Eagle Creek State Nature Preserves are excellent places to see skunk cabbage as well.

One of the most sought after trillium species, the snow trillium, is up and blooming in southern and central Ohio. With the possibility of freezing precipitation in the forecast, there may be the opportunity to capture photos of this tiny species in the snow. It’s currently in bloom at Miller Nature Sanctuary and Fort Hill in Highland County and Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve in Greene County.

Another early spring bloomer to seek out is harbinger-of-spring. This tiny member of the carrot family produces its first flowering stalk underground the previous fall, so as soon as the ground warms up, it blooms. Look for it in rich woods across Ohio as it should begin blooming northward in the coming week. Davey Woods in Champaign County is one of our favorite sites for this species.

The further south you head this weekend, the more wildflowers you’ll find. Hepatica, another early spring bloomer, will soon reach peak. The first spring beauties are up, as is purple cress. Believe it or not, Virginia bluebells and Jacob’s-ladder are in bud at Scioto Brush Creek State Nature Preserve in Scioto County. Whipple State State Nature Preserve, situated above the Ohio River in Adams County, would be another place to visit if you need a dose of early wildflowers. Be cautious throughout the state this week, however, as many of our streams and rivers are swollen due to recent rains.

Our wildflower season is just beginning, but we look forward to the weeks ahead as more blooms reveal themselves. 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 @DiscoverOhio on Twitter and Division of Natural Areas and Preserves on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.