While our weather continues to bounce between winter and spring, our wildflower season continues, with the earliest spring bloomers now making an appearance across Ohio. However, with snow and freezing temperatures in the forecast, the season is moving along slowly and peak bloom is still weeks away.
In the southern part of the state, you still have time to see snow trillium, hepatica, and harbinger-of-spring. Other bloomers are just beginning to open, including yellow fumewort, white trout-lily, Virginia bluebells, spring beauty, and bloodroot. Our favorite sites for spring bloomers in the south include Lake Katharine
, Miller Nature Sanctuary
, and Whipple
State Nature Preserves and Shawnee State Park
In central Ohio, hepatica and harbinger-of-spring have been blooming for about a week. The early spring bloomers, including cut-leaf toothwort and spring beauty are just now beginning to open at Shallenberger
State Nature Preserve and this recent cold snap will slow the season down. Clifton Gorge
, Gahanna Woods
, and Inniswood Metro Gardens
are other favorite central Ohio locations to look for spring wildflowers.
Finally, we have our first spring bloomers to report in northern Ohio. At Goll Woods
State Nature Preserve, the tiny harbinger-of-spring is now up and blooming, while in Stark County, spring beauty is now just beginning to bloom.
The 2017 spring wildflower season is turning out to be quite similar to last year’s season. Our earliest blooms may have come extremely early, but these flowers may be vulnerable to the freezing temperatures and snow that are forecast for the upcoming week. If you have never seen snow trillium, this weekend would be a great time to seek it out, but a trip out to the woods will yield few blooms unless you head to extreme southern Ohio.
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
on Twitter and Division of Natural Areas and Preserves on Facebook
to see more spring wildflower photos.