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Wildflower Bloom Report

Wildflower Bloom Report Starts Soon!

Posted on 2/25/2020 by Ohio DNR in wildflowers bloom report
Ohioans will begin to see more and more color to our state’s forests. This year’s wildflower season will begin around mid-March in Ohio’s southern counties and gradually will move northward as the season comes to an end in the middle of May.

Ohio’s forests showcase the largest assortment of wildflowers throughout the spring months. Spring wildflowers bloom early to take advantage of the sunlight streaming through the forest canopy before the leaves of the trees unfurl above. The earliest flowers emerge soon after the ground thaws, having formed flowers and leaves underneath the forest floor the year before. While most woods in Ohio have at least some native spring wildflowers, some of Ohio’s best populations are found in our state parks and nature preserves. Davey Woods State Nature Preserve (SNP), Eagle Creek SNP, John Bryan State Park (SP) Miller Nature Sanctuary SNP, Mt. Gilead SP, and Whipple SNP are a few of them.

Ohio’s state wildflower, large-flowered trillium, plus spring beauty, Dutchman’s-breeches, wood poppy, dwarf larkspur and wild hyacinth are just a small portion of the dozens of spring wildflowers Ohioans may see walking in our forests this spring.

This 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.