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Wildflower Bloom Report

Spring Wildflower Bloom Continues

Posted on 3/31/2017 by State Nature Preserves

Did you make it out to see our native spring wildflowers this week? We received reports of bloomers across the state, including northeast Ohio, where spring is last to arrive. This weekend will be excellent to find open blooms with no rain in the forecast. Saturday looks to be on the cool and cloudy side, and Sunday looks like the best day for an outing with temperatures predicted to reach into the 60’s across all the state except the north coast. The farther south you venture this upcoming week, the more blooms -- both in sheer numbers and diversity of color and forms -- you will find.

South

White Trout-lilly, Adams County, March 30, cropped
White Trout-lilly, Adams County, March 30
Sessile Trillium, Hamilton County, March 29, cropped
Sessile Trillium, Hamilton County, March 29

Spring comes first to state along the Ohio River where warm temperatures reaching the low 70’s really jump-started the bloom season. In Adams County, Virginia bluebells are reaching peak, and new additions to seek out this weekend include sessile trillium, celandine poppy, blue-eyed Mary, downy yellow violet, wild ginger, and twinleaf. Redbud, the beautiful native tree with pink blossoms, is also beginning to put on a show. It wouldn’t surprise us to see the blooms of our state wildflower, large white trillium, open next week in the southernmost counties. Snow trillium is still blooming nearly six weeks after it opened in mid-February at Miller Nature Sanctuary. White trout-lilies are at peak bloom at Davis Memorial. Early bloomers like bloodroot and hepatica may still be found in counties north of the Ohio River, but their time will soon come to an end. Other favorite State Nature Preserves in southern Ohio to seek out wildflowers include Hall’s Creek, Caesar Creek Gorge, Scioto Brush Creek and Whipple. The Knighton Trail at Shawnee State Park is another excellent place to look for spring bloomers.

Central

Hepatica, Greene County, March 27, cropped
Hepatica, Greene County, March 27
Early Saxifrage, Hocking County, March 28, cropped
Early Saxifrage, Hocking County, March 28
Rue Anemone, Hocking County, March 28, cropped
Rue Anemone, Hocking County, March 28

In central Ohio, things progressed quickly this week, with bloodroot opening; it should be at peak if not slightly past peak this weekend. Clifton Gorge was a wonderful place to see hepatica this week, and it should remain at peak bloom this weekend but quickly fade. Dutchman’s breeches and Virginia bluebells are beginning to open at Clifton as well. At Boch Hollow, rue-anemone, Jacob’s-ladder, yellow trout-lily and bloodroot are beginning to bloom, while spring beauty, early saxifrage, and cut-leaf toothwort have reached peak. At Shallenberger, cutleaf toothwort, spring beauty, and hepatica are at peak, with wild ginger just beginning to bloom. Finally, the stunning bright yellow marsh marigolds should start blooming in earnest this upcoming week. Seek them out at Cedar Bog, Kiser Lake Wetlands, and Lawrence Woods.

North

Purple Cress, Portage County, March 29, cropped
Purple Cress, Portage County, March 29

Spring has finally arrived in northern Ohio. In northwest Ohio at Goll Woods, purple cress, hepatica, and spring beauty are beginning to bloom, while harbinger-of-spring is at peak. Looking east, spring beauty, purple cress, Pennsylvania bittercress and false mermaid weed are now blooming at Eagle Creek. Emerged but not yet blooming include golden ragwort, Dutchman’s breeches, Virginia waterleaf, and several violet species. Finally, at Sheepskin Hollow along Ohio’s eastern border, skunk cabbage is still blooming, but it should be joined by spring beauty and hepatica soon.

Our spring gems are popping up across Ohio. Be sure to get out to one of the sites we have recommended, one of our state parks or state nature preserves, local metro parks, or any local woods this weekend, as you’re sure to see at least a few of our spring gems. Because these blooms last only a few weeks, we recommend visiting your favorite sites early and often to watch as the colors of spring begin to carpet the forest floor.


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. To find an upcoming spring wildflower hike, please visit our calendar of events.