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Wildflower Bloom Report

Wildflower Display Reaches Peak Bloom- Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report for April 22, 2016

Posted on 4/22/2016 by State Nature Preserves
Have you been out and photographing Ohio’s wildflowers? Be sure to enter your best photos in this year’s Best of Ohio Wildflowers 2016 photo contest on Facebook. The grand prize winner will receive a private guided hike with a preserve manager or botanist in a State Nature Preserve near you.

This week of unseasonably warm temperatures jump started our wildflower season. Much-needed rain fell on Thursday, setting up this weekend to be absolutely spectacular for wildflower viewing across the state.

Shooting star, 4/16/2016, Miller Nature Sanctuary

Southern Ohio
Highland County’s Miller Nature Sanctuary is quite spectacular. Perhaps the showiest blooms are those of the bubble-gum pink color form of shooting star. While the early bloomers are done, later species like bishop’s-cap, violet wood-sorrel, wood poppy, squaw-root, and goldenseal are just a few of dozens of species in bloom there. At Lake Katharine, the large white trilliums are in full bloom. They’re joined by Jacob’s ladder and wood anemone. Also, now is the time to start searching for orchids across the south, including pink lady’s-slipper and showy orchis. They’ll be begin blooming over the next week or two. Have you always wanted to see the large yellow lady’s-slipper? This year we’re offering a special program at Davis Memorial on May 7 at 10 a.m. to seek out this beautiful Ohio rarity.

Large white trillium, Conkles Hollow, 4/19/2016, Photo by Lindsay Sanzenbacher

Wood anemone, 4/20/2016, Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve

Central Ohio
In Greene County’s Clifton Gorge, wild blue phlox and large white trillium are putting on a spectacular show. They’re joined by nearly 20 other blooms, highlighted by Virginia bluebells, which will be fading soon. If you want to see Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn, or sessile trillium, these species are past peak. Just a few counties north at Champaign County’s Davey Woods, you will find Dutchman’s breeches and a spectacular display of violets. Pale white, downy yellow, halberd-leaved, and common blue violets prove that not all violets are violet. Spring beauty, swamp buttercup, and rue-anemone are also blooming at Davey, but the yellow trout lilies and twinleaf are past peak.

Red trillium, Dutchman's breeches, and spring beauty

Squirrel corn, 4/21/2016, Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve

Northern Ohio
Finally, the wait is over for northern Ohio. In Allen County’s Kendrick Woods, early bloomers like purple cress, both trout-lilies, and Dutchman’s breeches can still be found. They are joined by sessile trillium and large white trillium. Wild blue phlox, bloodroot, rue anemone and wood anemone are also blooming. Further north at Goll Woods, things are starting to heat up. Bloodroot and hepatica are past, but they’ve been replaced by sessile trillium, large white trillium, bishop’s-cap, and dwarf ginseng. At peak bloom you’ll find spring beauty, white and yellow trout-lily, swamp buttercup, marsh marigold, common blue violet, long-spurred violet, and Dutchman’s breeches. Quite an exhaustive list! At northeast Ohio’s Eagle Creek, the display is bold, colorful, and diverse, with over 20 species now open as well. Highlights include bloodroot, wild blue phlox, cut-leaf toothwort, yellow trout-lily, large white trillium, purple cress, spring beauty, and an Eagle Creek specialty, squirrel corn. This weekend will be quite good for blooms in northeast Ohio, but we’ll need one more week before peak conditions arrive.

Long spurred violet, 4/19/2016, Goll Woods State Nature Preserve

With wildflowers blooming across Ohio, now is the time to make it to your favorite wildflower destination. A walk in nearly any Ohio woodland this weekend will surely be rewarded with spectacular spring wildflowers. It won’t be too much longer before the spring blooms are once again a distant memory.

Yellow trout lily, 4/19/2016, Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve

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.