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Wildflower Bloom Report

Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report - March 27, 2015

Posted on 3/27/2015 by State Nature Preserves

Ohio’s wildflower season is underway with several species in bloom, including skunk cabbage, harbinger-of-spring, snow trillium, hepatica, and spring beauty.

Peak Bloom

Our earliest blooming species, skunk cabbage, can be found flowering throughout the state this weekend. It remains one of the only species in bloom in our northern counties. Look for this species in wet, mucky low areas in forests along stream bottoms.

Snow trillium will reach peak bloom this weekend. Our first blooming trillium species is tiny, often less than five inches tall. It grows best in the southwest part of the state on rich calcareous soils. Places to look for this species include Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve in Greene County and Miller Nature Sanctuary State Nature Preserve in Highland County.

Harbinger-of-spring, a dainty little wildflower in the carrot family, is also in peak bloom in southern Ohio and will bloom soon in the north. It can be found in mature woodlands across the state. Davey Woods, Hueston Woods and Lake Katharine state nature preserves are excellent places to find it.


Beginning to Bloom

Hepatica is also just beginning bloom in southern Ohio. This weekend will be an excellent time to see this early wildflower before its petals drop. Shallenberger, Rockbridge and Clifton Gorge state nature preserves are all excellent places to see it. Cut-leaf toothwort is in bud this week, and will likely begin to bloom soon. Its delicate four-petaled flowers and dissected leaves give it a distinctive appearance.

Spring beauties are beginning to flower on south-facing slopes at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve. This common wildflower can be found in most woodlands across the state. Its light pink blooms are a sure sign of spring.


Look for Next

As next week progresses, be on the lookout for bloodroot, white and yellow trout-lily and even Dutchman’s breeches as temperatures warm up again mid-week.

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.