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Wildflower Bloom Report

Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report - April 10, 2015

Posted on 4/10/2015 by State Nature Preserves

Over the past week, much of Ohio experienced steady rainfall and cool temperatures producing ideal conditions for an extended blooming period of early spring wildflowers. Central Ohio saw the opening of bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches and rue-anemone. While very few blooms have appeared in northern Ohio, the leaves and stems of wildflowers have emerged and bloom season will finally arrive in the north next week.


The beautiful and delicate white blossoms of twinleaf have opened at Whipple and Miller Nature Sanctuary. Virginia bluebells also opened late this week and should begin to reach peak bloom next week across the south. Be on the lookout for the dark maroon and yellow flowers of giant blue cohosh. It's been reported in bloom at Miller Nature Sanctuary. The delicate yellow fumewort, which can tolerate drier habitats like bluffs and uplands, has begun to show its unique tubular flowers. If you would like to see the largest variety of wildflowers this weekend in the buckeye state, a trip to southern Ohio will not disappoint. A guided hike this Saturday at Lake Katharine will offer a chance to see and learn about many of our wildflowers.


Bloodroot, spring beauty, hepatica, purple cress, rue-anemone and Dutchman’s breeches have opened up across the central third of the state. While still early, warm temperatures and clear skies predicted for the weekend should result in a steady increase in blooms. If you’re lucky, you still might be able to spot a snow trillium in the western half of central Ohio, but this species will quickly be gone for the season. Its relative, the sessile or toadshade trillium will likely open next week. The native shrub spicebush has also begin to blossom. If you hurry, you still might be able to catch hepatica at Clifton Gorge. Davey Woods, Gahanna Woods, Boch Hollow and Salt Fork are all excellent places to spot spring blooms in Central Ohio.


If you've yet to see harbinger-of-spring, northern Ohio is now the best place to see it as it has reached peak bloom there. Skunk cabbage is still in bloom, and the non-native coltsfoot can also be seen this weekend. Hepatica will also be blooming this weekend. The leaves and stems of many species have emerged from the ground but have not yet bloomed. Sessile trillium, cut-leaved toothwort, squirrel-corn, Dutchman’s breeches and Virginia waterleaf should finally open once Northern Ohio experiences a few sunny and warm days. Augusta-Anne Olsen, Goll Woods, Collier Woods, Sears Woods and Mohican will be excellent places to look for early bloomers this weekend.

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? We invite you to share your favorite wildflower locations and photos below.