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Wildflower Bloom Report

Ohio Wildflower Season Still Going Strong

Posted on 5/1/2015 by State Nature Preserves

Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report for May 1, 2015

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The 2015 spring wildflower season has proven to be one the most spectacular in recent memory with few frosts, plenty of rain and continuous mild temperatures. The weekend will once again be a wonderful time to explore the woods in search of color. There is an end in sight, however, with temperatures expected to reach 80 degrees and above next week. Peak season will soon come to a close.


At Lake Katharine, foamflower, columbine, wild geranium, jack-in-the-pulpit, flowering dogwood and redbud are now in peak bloom. This weekend will be a great time to visit Shawnee State Park and Forest, where many of the roadsides are covered with the beautiful crested iris and the rare dwarf or vernal iris. Eastern shooting star, or pride-of-Ohio, is now blooming at Miller Nature Sanctuary. If you have a favorite location for pink lady slipper orchid, it should now be open across southern Ohio. Christmas Rocks and other sites around the Hocking Hills are excellent places to seek it out.


The brilliantly colored hoary puccoon, featured on this month’s State Nature Preserve wallpaper, has just opened at Gallagher Fen. The state endangered heartleaf plantain is in peak bloom at Lawrence Woods. At Clifton Gorge, false Solomon’s seal is just beginning to open. Davey Woods should still have drooping trillium and Dutchman’s breeches this weekend. Many of our spring bloomers will begin to fade in central Ohio as the week progresses. Have you missed your favorite blooms? Head north to find them.


Peak bloom has arrived in northern Ohio. Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve is a wonderful place to find large white trillium, red trillium, squirrel corn, wild geranium, Virginia bluebells and marsh marigold. Join us at Eagle Creek this Saturday, May 2, for a guided wildflower hike. At Johnson Woods in Wayne County, swamp buttercup, yellow trout-lily, false rue anemone, spring beauty, and cut-leaf toothwort are still blooming. At the end of the upcoming week, the first Lakeside daisies may just begin to bloom on the Marblehead Peninsula and on Kelleys Island.

This weekend will likely be the last to see our spring wildflowers at peak blooming conditions. Schedule a trip to the woods before it’s too late!

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.