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Wildflower Bloom Report

Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report - March 25, 2016

Posted on 3/25/2016 by State Nature Preserves
One year ago, we were writing our first bloom report of the season. Today, we have over 20 spring wildflowers in bloom across Ohio- what a difference a year makes. While the state experienced temperatures below freezing last weekend, we received no reports of frost damage. The cold quickly moved out, and sunny skies and warm temperatures in the forecast, this weekend will be excellent for spring wildflowers across the state.

Snow Trillium, 3/21/2016, Adams County

Things really picked up this week in southern Ohio. Bloodroot reached peak bloom. While some flowers may be seen in the south, it’s nearing an end. Snow trillium was still blooming earlier this week at Davis Memorial. Early spring bloomers like hepatica and harbinger-of-spring have reached peak and will be on the decline. However, the forest floor is greening quickly. Many of our most beautiful bloomers opened this week across the south, including Dutchman’s breeches, Virginia bluebells, yellow trout-lily, sessile trillium, and our state wildflower, large white trillium. One of our favorites, the tiny blue-eyed-Mary, was spotted this week in Hamilton County at Bender Mountain. In general, the western half of the southern portion of the state is just a bit ahead of the eastern area. It will be an excellent weekend for seeing a wide array of spring woodland wildflowers in our southern counties.

Blue Eyed Mary, Hamilton County, 3/23/16, Photo by Angela Carter

Large White Trillium, Highland County, 3/23/16, Photo by Deb Marsh

Central Ohio
Bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauty, sessile trillium and wild ginger are now blooming at Clifton Gorge. Snow trillium has put on quite a display, blooming in central Ohio for nearly three weeks. Hepatica reached peak bloom there this week at Rockbridge in Hocking County, where it is joined by cut-leaf toothwort and spring beauty. Rue-anemone has also opened in central Ohio, and can be seen at Boch Hollow. Marsh marigold is putting on a show at Cedar Bog, where skunk cabbage can also still be seen. A little farther north at Kiser Lake Wetlands, marsh marigold was in bud this week and will open soon. Spring beauty, harbinger-of-spring, cut-leaf toothwort, bloodroot, and hepatica were in full bloom this week at Davey Woods.

Hepatica, Highland County, 3/21/2015

Northern Ohio
In northern Ohio, the spring wildflower season trails behind our furthest south counties by nearly a month. If you’ve missed our earliest blooming species, head north to find them. Spring beauty, hepatica, and bloodroot are now just beginning to bloom at Goll Woods in Fulton County. It’s still early in the north, however, the wait will soon end as we turn our calendars to April.

Wild Ginger, 3/23/2016, Greene County, Photo by Jim Pisarowicz

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.