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Wildflower Bloom Report

Spring Wildflower Season Progressing Slowly: Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report for April 1, 2016

Posted on 4/1/2016 by State Nature Preserves
We made it to April! Unfortunately, temperatures for this weekend and next week will remain quite low across the state, with a chance of snow in the forecast for northern Ohio. Our long, steady wildflower season will continue, but blooms will be quite slow to open next week with sunny days few and far between. We need several days of warm, sunny weather to bring about the spectacular displays of blooms that we saw last year. There’s simply no need for the flowers to open on cold, cloudy days. The pollinators they are hoping to attract aren’t flying unless it’s sunny and temperatures consistently reach 60 degrees. Hopefully, several warm, cloud-free days are in our future, but during the first week of April, If you’d like to see the greatest number of wildflowers, head south.

Large white trillium, Miller Nature Sanctuary, 3/29/2016, photo by Jim Pisarowicz

Southern Ohio
The beautiful dwarf larkspur, a deep purple flower in the genus Delphinium, is now blooming in the southern third of the state. This species is most frequent on the sweet soils of southwest Ohio. Several new bloomers can be found Miller Nature Sanctuary, including twinleaf, Jacob’s ladder, large white trillium and bishop’s cap. At Lake Katharine, common blue violet, wild blue phlox, spring beauty, and cut-leaf toothwort are at peak bloom with trout-lily, bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, Virginia bluebells and downy yellow violet blooming but not at peak. The beautiful yellow blossoms of celandine poppy are now at open at Whipple in extreme southern Ohio. With below freezing temperatures in the forecast, local frosts could potentially affect the blooms in southern Ohio.

Blue cohosh, Davey Woods, 3/29/2016, Photo by Jim Lemon

Trailing arbutus, Christmas Rocks, 3/25/2016

Central Ohio
At Clifton Gorge, hepatica, Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn and bloodroot will be at peak bloom this week. Large white trillium, sessile trillium, large-flowered bellwort are just beginning to open there. Blue cohosh, the rich purplish brown flower, is now blooming at Davey Woods, along with spring beauty, hepatica, cut-leaf toothwort, and bloodroot. Trailing arbutus, the prostrate member of the heath family, has opened its pink blooms at Christmas Rocks, along with beech sedge (Carex communis), golden ragwort and pussy toes, two spring blooming members of the composite family. The beautiful display of marsh marigold continues at Cedar Bog and is beginning at Kiser Lake Wetlands as well.

Pussy toes, Christmas Rocks, 3/29/2016, Photo by Judd Clover

Northern Ohio
Spring beauty, hepatica, and purple cress are in full bloom at Goll Woods. Squirrel corn, Dutchman’s breeches, and sessile trillium have emerged from the ground, but are not yet blooming. In general, we’re receiving very few reports of bloomers from northern Ohio. With this week’s cold temperatures, it will be at least another week before we see more than just the earliest blooming species in the north. If you live north, head south this week!

Beech sedge, (Carex communis), 3/29/2016, Christmas Rocks, photo by Judd Clover

The Ohio wildflower bloom report will be 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.

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