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Wildflower Bloom Report

Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report - March 11, 2016

Posted on 3/11/2016 by State Nature Preserves

With last weekend’s cool temperatures and rain late this week, our wildflower season has progressed relatively slowly. The upside? You still have plenty of time to see the early spring bloomers across the state. Saturday will be your best bet to head for the woods this weekend, as rain is in the forecast for Sunday. On rainy days, wildflowers will stay closed to protect their delicate blooms. Warm temperatures will continue at least through the middle of the week, prompting more blooms as the week progresses.


South

Snow trillium and hepatica are now in full bloom at Miller Nature Sanctuary. Spring beauty is blooming across the south, but hasn’t yet reached peak. Bluets, the tiny plant that grows on ridgetops and poor soils, is blooming now at Lake Katharine. We thought we might have a photo of bloodroot to share this week, but none were reported. Definitely look for it this weekend in extreme southern Ohio.


Snow trillium, Miller Nature Sanctuary, 3/7/2016


Yellow fumewort, a dainty bi-lipped yellow wildflower, is just about to open across the southern third of the state. And remember to look up! Several native trees and shrubs are now flowering in the south, including silver maple, American hazelnut, and our native elms. Excellent places to visit to see early bloomers in southern Ohio include Whipple, Lake Katharine, Hueston Woods, Halls Creek Woods, Shawnee, Caesar Creek, Davis Memorial and Lake Hope.


Bluet, Lake Katharine, 3/6/2016, photo by Jim Pisarowicz


Central

The tiny snow trillium is blooming now at Clifton Gorge, along with hepatica and purple cress. A venture to the woods this weekend in central Ohio may be rewarded with glimpses of common early bloomers including spring beauty, hepatica, and purple cress. Bloodroot and Dutchman’s breeches have not yet opened. We’ll be keeping an eye out for the always popular marsh marigold at Cedar Bog, but now is just a bit too early to see it. Harbinger-of-spring will still be in bloom in central Ohio. 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.


Purple cress, Clifton Gorge, 3/7/2016


North

We’re happy to report that harbinger-of-spring is now in bloom at Goll Woods in northwest Ohio. Spring comes just a tad bit earlier to the northwest than it does in the northeast. That being said, spring beauty is blooming as far north as Wayne County. At our favorite northeast spot for wildflowers, Eagle Creek, skunk cabbage remains the only bloomer. It’s also blooming at Beaver Creek in Columbiana County. In our northern Ohio, we need at least one more week of warm temperatures, and a few sunny days, to jumpstart the spring wildflower season.


Spring beauty, Wayne County, 3/8/2016, photo by Dale Zutavern


Skunk cabbage, Beaver Creek State Park, 3/5/2016


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.