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Wildflower Bloom Report

Peak Bloom has Arrived

Posted on 4/20/2017 by State Nature Preserves
This is THE weekend to see spring bloomers across Ohio. Visit one of the sites we recommend this weekend or your favorite woodlot to enjoy the wonderful spring we’re having. We’ve reached peak bloom across the state, both in diversity and sheer number of flowers. It’s gorgeous out there!


In the south, the secondary bloomers are beginning to fade, to be replaced by a third wave of wildflowers. Driving along the endless miles of Shawnee State Forest roads one can encounter all of the following and more: vernal iris, dwarf crested iris, firepink, two-flowered Cynthia, birds-foot violet, foam flower, wild blue phlox, dwarf larkspur, golden ragwort, large flowered trillium, wild ginger, goldenseal, dogwood, serviceberry and redbud. It’s an absolute blast of color in the Shawnee region.

A new recommendation this week is Burr Oak State Park. Seek out the Lakeview/Buckeye trail by parking at the Tom Jenkins Dam. Head south across the top of the dam from the parking lot and follow the grassy mowed area over the spillway and into the forest below. Bloomers here include Virginia bluebells, large white trillium, twinleaf, Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn (it’s great to find both in the same woods), sessile trillium, corn salad, wild blue phlox, rue-anemone, Jacob’s ladder and blue cohosh. Also at Burr Oak, seek out the Ravine Trail to find a sweeping hillside display of blue-eyed Mary, joined by large white trillium, wild blue phlox and more.

At Lake Katharine, expect to find flowering dogwood, wild geranium, bluets, long-spurred violet, squawroot, foam flower, and jack-in-the-pulpit this weekend with the large white trillium and Virginia bluebells in the lowlands which are slightly past peak. Other southern Ohio state nature preserves to explore include Shoemaker, Miller, Whipple, and Hall’s Creek Woods.


At Clifton Gorge, the displays of Virginia bluebells and squirrel corn are beginning to fade, but large white trillium, golden ragwort, drooping trilling, sessile trillium, smooth rock cress and miterwort are all at peak bloom. The next wave at Clifton to bloom will include false solomon’s seal, smooth Solomon’s seal, stonecrop, Virginia waterleaf, appendaged waterleaf and jack-in-the-pulpit.

At Christmas Rocks and Rhododendron Cove, this year has been wonderful for amazing displays of rue-anemone. Jack-in-the-pulpits are just getting going in the northern Hocking Hills. Black cohosh is up and out of the ground, while giant blue cohosh is nearing an end. Golden ragwort is coming into peak bloom at Christmas Rocks as is large-flowered bellwort. Violets are making quite a show at these two sites as well. The Solomon’s seals are also just beginning. Spring beauties are still present, but past peak, and the bloodroot has also senesced.

Other places to seek out spring bloomers in the central third of the state include Davey Woods, Baker Woods, Lawrence Woods, Blackhand Gorge, Salt Fork, Conkles Hollow, Gahanna Woods and Knox Woods.


Moving north to Kendrick Woods, 17 native wildflowers are blooming, where beautiful displays of bloodroot, rue anemone, wood anemone, early meadow-rue, Jacob’s-ladder, wild blue phlox, large white trillium, sessile trillium, and several species of violets can be seen. Further north in northwest Ohio at Goll Woods, large white trillium, wild blue phlox, twinleaf, Virginia bluebells and squirrel corn were beginning to bloom this week and should be open this weekend. Marsh marigold, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauty, several violet species, swamp buttercup, and both yellow and white trout-lily are at peak condition.

Across the state at Eagle Creek, the displays of Virginia bluebells, squirrel corn, cut-leaved and two-leaved toothwort, five species of violets, marsh marigold, and yellow trout lily are all looking spectacular. The red and large white trilliums have begun to bloom, as have blue phlox, Jacob’s ladder, giant blue cohosh, and golden ragwort. Bloodroot and spring beauty are past peak for the year.

Finally, at Sheepskin Hollow on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, beautiful displays of red and large white trillium are at peak bloom, joined by wood anemone, large-flowered bellwort, and common blue violet. Jack-in-the-pulpit, smooth Solomon’s seal, sweet white violet, and yellow fumewort are beginning to bloom. Past peak are stonecrop, spring beauty, hepatica, miterwort and wild ginger.

More sites to explore with wonderful displays of wildflowers in northern Ohio include Howard Collier, Sheldon Marsh, Olsen, and Johnson Woods.

This will be a wonderful weekend to head to the woods. The display will soon be over. We encourage you to get outside and enjoy the blooms!

The Ohio wildflower bloom report is 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 @OhioFindItHere on Twitter and Division of Natural Areas and Preserves on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.