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Wildflower Bloom Report

Great Time for Wildflowers! Wildflower Bloom Report for Week 5-3-2019

Posted on 5/3/2019 by State Nature Preserves

The wildflower displays are impressive around the state as we are reaching the summit of the spring wildflower season. In southern Ohio, tree canopy is closing in and it’s beginning to do so in the central third of the state. This means the spring wildflower show will end soon; however, we’ve had plenty of April showers to bring May flowers and this weekend there are additional beauties to been seen!

We have our first reports of orchids blooming in the forests! Ohio has 48 species of native orchids and some of the most spectacular species are beginning to bloom including pink (Cypripedium acaule) and yellow lady’s-slipper orchids (Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens). Other noteworthy new bloomers on display include showy orchis (Galearis spectabilis), fire pink (Silene virginica), hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens), foamflower (Tiarella cordiflia), aniseroot (Osmorhiza longistylis), golden alexanders (Zizia aurea), squawroot (Conopholis americana), shooting-star (Dodecatheon meadia), Lakeside daisy (Tetraneuris herbacea), merry-bells (Uvularia sessilifolia) and Miami-mist (Phacelia purshii). Let’s take a closer look at the wildflowers around the state.


At Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve, the state rare Walter’s violet (Viola walteri) is blooming plus numerous blooms of dwarf crested iris. At nearby Shawnee State Park and Forest stunning wildflower displays are still going strong from last week and now including orchids.

Traveling east from Shawnee to Hocking Hills State Park, you can see close to 30 species of spring wildflowers. Trilliums are still doing well with beautiful displays of foamflower. A little farther north at Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve, it is a great time to walk there to see a variety of wildflowers including the showy orchis and pink lady’s-slipper.

At Burr Oak State Park many of the same wildflowers (about 25 species) as last week are still in full bloom plus broad-leaved toothwort (Cardamine diphylla) and corn-salad (Valerianella umbilicata).

Other great state parks and nature preserves to visit include Miller Sanctuary (see beautiful displays of shooting star!), Hueston Woods, Lake Katharine, Shoemaker, Strouds Run, Whipple, Riddle, Beck (Clear Creek Metro Park) and Conkles Hollow.


Miterwort, wild geranium, drooping trillium, Robin’s-plantain (Erigeron pulchellus) and appendaged and Virginia waterleaf are blooming along the trails at Clifton Gorge.

At Davey Woods State Nature Preserve, trilliums are still robust. In central Ohio, we recommend visiting Alum Creek, Baker Woods, Blackhand Gorge, Jefferson Lake, Knox Woods, Lawrence Woods and Salt Fork.


Lakeside daisy began blooming this week at Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve! This federal threatened species produces a beautiful golden glow over the rocky surface of the preserve at this time of the year.

You can still see a number of the early bloomers such as squirrel-corn and purple cress at Mohican State Park. Beautiful displays of trillium and several species of violets including the handsome, Canada violet (Viola canadensis) can be seen along the trails in the park. At nearby Mt. Gilead State Park, yellow mandarin (Prosartes lanuginosa), trilliums and other wildflowers are on full display.

In the northwest, trilliums are still beautiful with more wild geranium, swamp buttercup and wild blue phlox in bloom at Kendrick Woods State Nature Preserve.

State Nature Preserves’ preserve manager Ryan Schroeder reports lots of blooms at Goll Woods State Nature Preserve. You can see over 20 wildflowers in bloom including a few of the early bloomers such as the trout lilies. Drooping, sessile and large-flowered trilliums are blooming and large displays of the small and beautiful, dwarf ginseng and wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia). Ryan will be leading a spring wildflower hike at the preserve on May 5th at 1 pm.

Across to northeast Ohio, Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve has one of the best wildflower displays in the entire state. Large-flowered trilliums carpet the forest floor with other delights such as merry-bells, miterwort, sweet white violet (Viola blanda), foamflower and marsh-marigold. On Saturday May 4th, join preserve manager Adam Wohlever for wildflower hike starting at 10 am.

Other great places to see wildflower displays include these state nature preserves and parks: Malabar Farm, Johnson Woods, Olsen, Collier, and Beaver Creek.

Sunday looks to be the best day to be out in our natural areas. Many species of birds are singing in the woods to add more delight to your wildflower hike experience so get out this weekend and enjoy the beauty of Ohio’s forest splendor while it lasts!

The Ohio wildflower bloom report is updated weekly from the first full week of March to the middle of May. 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 wildflower photos.