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Wildflower Bloom Report

Spring Wildflowers at Peak Conditions Across Ohio

Posted on 4/23/2015 by State Nature Preserves

Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report for April 24, 2015

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Cool temperatures and rain have perpetuated ideal spring wildflower conditions. Our state wildflower, the large white trillium, is blooming throughout Ohio’s forests. Now is the perfect time to venture into the woods in search of colorful displays of spring wildflowers. Want to learn how to identify our spring gems? Join us on Saturday, April 25, for guided hikes at Lake Katharine, Goll Woods, and Scioto Brush Creek.


In southern Ohio, trees are leafing out and our mid-season wildflowers have reached peak conditions. The petals of large white trillium are beginning to turn pink, signaling the end of their blooms. If you have a favorite spot for dwarf larkspur in southwest Ohio, it should be in peak bloom right now. Late spring bloomers like crested iris and wild geranium will soon steal the show from our early bloomers. Whipple, Miller Nature Sanctuary, Halls Creek Woods, Caesar Creek Gorge and Lake Katharine state nature preserves may be slightly past peak but should continue to display excellent stands of wildflowers this week.


Clifton Gorge has reached peak bloom, with large white, drooping, and sessile trilliums open now. Large-flowered bellwort, Virginia bluebells, bishop’s cap and wild blue phlox are also in bloom. Conkles Hollow in the Hocking Hills is spectacular. Large white and red trilliums, foam flower, squirrel corn, Dutchman’s breeches, wood anemone and Virginia bluebells can be seen there in profusion. At Davey Woods, near Urbana, yellow trout-lily and blue cohosh are now blooming.


Areas in northern Ohio away from Lake Erie are reaching peak bloom. At Goll Woods, spring beauty, large white and sessile trilliums, Dutchman’s breeches, wood anemone and large-flowered bellwort are carpeting the forest floor. Early bloomers like bloodroot, hepatica, spring beauty and marsh marigold should still be open this weekend at Howard Collier. A visit to Eagle Creek in Portage County should reveal many of the heart-shaped blooms of squirrel corn with red trillium and white trilliums just beginning to open. Bloodroot can be seen now at the Mentor Marsh nature center.

Wherever you decide to hike this week, you’re sure to encounter plentiful blooms of our spring wildflowers across Ohio.

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. What are you seeing and where? Share your favorite wildflower locations and photos below.