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Wildflower Bloom Report

Spring Wildflower Bloom Continues Despite Cool and Wet Spring- Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report for April 7, 2016

Posted on 4/8/2016 by State Nature Preserves
While temperatures have been below normal during the first week of April, our spring wildflowers continue to bloom. Hasn’t our cold and wet spring felt like a continuation of our mild winter? Even so, our native woodland wildflowers are in now in bloom across the state, including northern Ohio. In general, plants are shorter this year, with smaller and fewer flowers. But they are still blooming, despite the lack of the wonderful, warm weather we typically associate with spring wildflower season. Now is the time to explore the woods and seek out blooms in your favorite wildflower locale. Here’s what we’re seeing across the state:

Blue Phlox, Gahanna Woods, 4/5/2016

Southern Ohio
Southern Ohio has experienced the warmest temperatures, and, in particular, southwest Ohio is the best place to see lush displays of spring wildflowers. At Davis Memorial in Adams County, several species can be found, including bloodroot, common blue violet, cut-leaf toothwort, golden ragwort, rue anemone, and wild blue phlox. At nearby Shoemaker Preserve, sessile trillium and twinleaf are now in bloom. Moving east to Jackson County’s Lake Katharine, the display of Virginia bluebells are currently in full bloom, carpeting the floodplain of Salt Creek. Large white trillium and drooping trillium are opening up across southern Ohio and will soon be in peak bloom. Redbud, a small tree with beautiful magenta blossoms is now in bloom in the south.

Virginia Bluebells, Adams County, 4/6/2016, photo by John Howard

Wild Ginger and Rue Anemone, Athens County, 4/4/2016, photo by Tim Creamer

Central Ohio
Much is happening in central Ohio. At north end of the Hocking Hills, yellow corydalis, dwarf ginseng, and giant blue cohosh are blooming at Rhododendron Cove in Fairfield County. Further west at Clifton Gorge, the display is just beginning to reach peak bloom with more than twenty species now open. Bishop’s cap, kidney-leaf buttercup, toadshade trillium, blue phlox, golden ragwort, nodding trillium and Virginia bluebells are just beginning to bloom. Early meadow-rue, large flowered trillium, squirrel corn, Dutchman’s breeches, wild ginger, large-flowered bellwort, spring beauty, cut-leaf toothwort and bluets have reached peak . Further north at Davey Woods, rue anemone, hepatica, Dutchman’s breeches, cut-leaf toothwort and spring beauty are at peak bloom. At Gahanna Woods in Franklin County, Dutchman’s breeches and purple cress are putting on quite a display. Again, all of this is happening despite relatively cold temperatures. This year, if you wait for the warmth, you may miss the season!

Large-flowered Bellwort, Clifton Gorge, 4/6/2016

Northern Ohio
Finally, spring wildflower season has begun in earnest in northern Ohio. At Goll Woods, the plants remain small, but several species are now open, including bloodroot, spring beauty, hepatica, and purple cress. Moving across the State to northeast Ohio’s Eagle Creek, bloodroot can also be found, along with purple cress, spring beauty and cut-leaf toothwort. Marsh marigold, round-leaved yellow violet and halberd violet are also in bloom. We’ll have to wait just a bit longer for squirrel corn, Virginia bluebells, large white trillium and Greek valerian in the northeast. They’ve emerged but haven’t yet flowered.

Looking at the long term forecast, Sunday looks the best day this weekend to search for spring blooms, with a long stretch of warm, sunny skies in the forecast for the end of the following week. This is just the kind of weather we need to jumpstart our wildflower season.

Squirrel Corn, Clifton Gorge, 4/7/2016

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 @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.