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Wildflower Bloom Report

Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report - April 3, 2015

Posted on 4/3/2015 by State Nature Preserves

With this week’s warm spell, at least a ten species of wildflowers are now blooming across southern Ohio. Early bloomers will just be opening this weekend in central Ohio, and northern Ohio is still on the cusp of the wildflower season with temperatures predicted to reach the high 50’s and above next week. Steady rainfall in the forecast will help ensure healthy, vigorous blooms across the state.


Ohio’s wildflower bloom has begun in earnest in southern Ohio, with many species putting on spectacular displays this past week. Our earliest wildflowers like bloodroot, hepatica and snow trillium have reached peak bloom. The second wave, including white and yellow trout-lilies, spring beauties and Dutchman’s breeches are just opening and will continue to bloom through next week. In the sandstone country of the Hocking Hills, be on the lookout for the beautiful, tiny, pink flowers of trailing arbutus soon. Excellent places to visit in southern Ohio include Whipple, Lake Katharine, Hueston Woods, Halls Creek Woods, Shawnee, Caesar Creek, Davis Memorial and Lake Hope.


Early blooming species like snow trillium and hepatica should be able to be seen this weekend, but they will quickly senesce. Bloodroot and both the white and yellow trout-lilies may begin blooming as well and will surely show themselves as next week progresses. The beautiful yellow blossoms of marsh marigold are just beginning to unfurl. Kiser Lake Wetlands and Cedar Bog are excellent places to view this wetland species. A few early bloomers like spring beauty, purple cress and Dutchman’s breeches should also begin to open this weekend. Clifton Gorge, Mt. Gilead, Davey Woods, Gahanna Woods and Salt Fork will be excellent places to look for early spring wildflowers in the central latitudes of the state.


Spring arrives later in Ohio’s northern tier where the wildflower season is just getting underway. Harbinger-of-spring made its first appearance this weekend at Goll Woods in Fulton County. The non-native coltsfoot, a member of the daisy family often mistaken for dandelions, can be found as well. Search for it along roadsides, trails and the edges of woods. Hepatica should begin to bloom this weekend into next week across northern Ohio. Goll Woods, Augusta-Anne Olsen, Eagle Creek and Punderson are excellent choices for an early spring visit.

The Ohio wildflower bloom report will be 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.

What are you seeing and where? Share your favorite wildflower locations and photos below.