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Wildflower Bloom Report

Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report - March 18, 2017

Posted on 3/18/2016 by State Nature Preserves
Spring officially arrives this weekend! Unfortunately, a cold snap is in store, with the possibility of frost in the forecast. Freezing temperatures can damage the delicate blooms of our native spring wildflowers. Fortunately, in northern Ohio, where we will likely see the coldest temperatures, most wildflowers remain underground. In extreme southern Ohio, many new species began blooming this week. Hopefully these early bloomers, including white trout-lily and Virginia bluebells, will be spared a hard frost. There’s even a chance of snow this weekend, however, temperatures are predicted to rise in the middle of next week, which should jump start the season again.

Hepatica, Lake Katharine, 3/16/2016

As a response to the warm we experienced mid-week, Virginia bluebells have bloomed in our southernmost counties along the Ohio River. Further north in Jackson County, bluebells are just about to open at Lake Katharine. Cut-leaf toothwort, spring beauty, purple cress, yellow corydalis, hepatica and harbinger-of-spring can be seen along the trails there as well. Other species to look for as the week progresses across southern Ohio include sessile trillium, yellow trout-lily, white trout-lily, and bloodroot, which is bloom at Whipple.

Virginia bluebells, Lake Katharine, 3/16/2016

Common blue violet, Stage's Pond, 3/16/2016

Central Ohio
Several new species began to bloom in central Ohio this past week. White trout-lily, common blue violet, and bloodroot opened at Stage’s Pond in Pickaway County. At Clifton Gorge, snow trillium and hepatica are still in bloom. Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn, and sessile trillium have emerged, but are not yet flowering central Ohio. Are you located in western Ohio? Harbinger-of-spring is now blooming at Baker Woods, a 47-acre mature woods in Mercer County. Hepatica put on a show this past week at Shallenberger. Finally, the beautiful marsh marigolds are now blooming at Cedar Bog.

White trout-lily, Stage's Pond, 3/16/2016

Northern Ohio
Our spring wildflowers are still waiting to bloom in earnest in northern Ohio. Purple cress opened this week at Goll Woods, but the bloom has been slow to arrive in northwest Ohio. The first spring beauties opened at Eagle Creek and Beaver Creek this week, but we’ll have to get through the next cold snap to see additional species in northern Ohio. While the spring peepers and western chorus frogs were calling loudly this week at Wayne County’s Johnson Woods, we did not see any blooming spring wildflowers. Other favorite northern State Nature Preserves to watch for early bloomers include Augusta-Anne Olsen and Howard Collier.  

Marsh marigold, Cedar Bog, 3/16/2016, Photo by Jim Lemon

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.