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Wildflower Bloom Report

Peak Bloom Reaches Northern Ohio

Posted on 4/28/2017 by State Nature Preserves
With this week’s warm temperatures, didn’t it feel more like late May than late April? Our spring wildflowers really picked up steam, and peak bloom has now reached northern Ohio. Make sure you venture to the woods soon or it will be too late!


Across the southern half of Ohio, the tree canopy really leafed out this week and the hills are covered with green. At Hall’s Creek, look for dwarf larkspur and particularly nice displays of both wild hyacinth and wild geranium. Wild blue phlox and large-flowered trillium are also still in flower, but they will soon be gone. Further south at Davis Memorial, wild blue phlox, wild columbine, and wild geranium are at peak bloom. The yellow flowers of hoary puccoon are now open, and the redbud and flowering dogwood trees are also blooming. Showy orchis, a native orchid, is also blooming at Davis, along with dwarf crested iris. At Miller Nature Sanctuary, bloomers to seek out include dwarf larkspur, wild columbine, jack-in-the-pulpit and large white trillium, whose blooms are beginning to turn pink.


The woods are also looking quite green in central Ohio and the early bloomers are past peak. At Clifton Gorge, golden and round-leaved ragwort, miterwort, jack-in-the-pulpit, sweet cicely, wild blue phlox, and wild geranium have reached peak bloom. All four species of waterleaf, large-leaved, appendaged, Virginia and broad-leaved, are beginning to shine. False Solomon’s seal and the flowers of the bladdernut shrubs are also beginning. Large white and drooping trilliums are fading. Most have either turned pink or are now completely gone. A few spring beauties remain sprinkled throughout the gorge, but they are definitely past peak.

At both stage’s Pond and Shallenberger, smooth Solomon’s seal is opening. Sweet cicely and its relative anise root are now opening as well. At Stage’s Pond, look for dwarf larkspur, at peak, which comes in both dark purple and a more rare white form. Look for the native shrub paw paw at many of our preserves and parks in the central and southern portions of the state; it’s in full bloom with many groves producing an amazing amount of flowers this year. At Christmas Rocks, marsh marigolds have just about finished, while wild geranium is beginning to peak. On the drier banks, early saxifrage is still blooming, with two-flowered Cynthia just beginning. If not in bloom already, pink lady’s-slipper should be up soon at Christmas Rocks. At Boch Hollow, look for fire pink and showy orchis. Both are up and blooming now.


This weekend will be a wonderful time to visit Eagle Creek in Portage County. The preserve is in peak bloom with no fewer than 28 species flowering. The large patches of large white trillium are not to be missed! This is an excellent place to see red trillium as well. Virginia bluebells, foam flower, seven species of violets, golden ragwort, squirrel corn, blue phlox, dwarf ginseng, rue anemone, and giant blue cohosh are all species that can be readily observed from the trail system. Please remember to stay on the trails and to avoid damaging wildflowers so that all can see and enjoy this beautiful display.

At Sheepskin Hollow, wild blue phlox, common blue violet, jack-in-the-pulpit, and cut-leaved toothwort are at peak. The red and white trilliums are still very nice, but they will be fading soon. May apple and smooth solomon’s seal are beginning. To access Sheepskin, park at the information kiosk on Pancake-Clarkson Road and walk east to the hollow. Follow the stream in hollow to first waterfall, where wildflowers are abundant along the stream bank.

At Goll Woods, goldenseal, jack-in-the-pulpit and Ohio buckeye are beginning, with spring beauty, three species of trilliums, large flowered bellwort, and starry false Solomon’s seal at peak. Additional woody species in bloom include American plum, blackhaw viburnum, and spectacular displays of redbud. Also in northwest Ohio at Kendrick Woods, 25 species are blooming, including the Ohio potentially threatened grove sandwort. Others include miterwort, goldenseal, Dutchman’s breeches, wild blue phlox, sessile-trillium and large white trillium.

Finally, on the Marblehead Peninsula, the Lakeside daisies are now blooming at the Lakeside Daisy Preserve. These beautiful, rare wildflowers grow in abandoned quarries, covering the normally gray limestone with a wash of yellow.

This weekend will be a wonderful time to see spring wildflowers across Ohio. To see trilliums head north, to see orchids, head south. Enjoy it while it lasts- the trees will soon be fully leafed out!

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.