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Wildflower Bloom Report

Wildflower Display Reaching Peak Bloom- Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report for April 15, 2016

Posted on 4/15/2016 by State Nature Preserves
Last weekend snow fell over much of Ohio, hopefully, for the last time this spring. After the cold snap, beautiful sunny weather descended upon us during the work week, providing the jump start to our spring wildflower season that we’ve been waiting for. This weekend will be absolutely ideal to see a wide variety of spring blooms in our forests throughout Ohio. With warm temperatures forecast for the following week, the display will soon reach peak across central and southern Ohio. Coinciding with the peak bloom, we have now launched our yearly wildflower photo contest on Facebook. Learn how to enter your best 2016 spring wildflower photos here. One winner will receive a private guided hike with a preserve manager or botanist in a State Nature Preserve near you. Here’s a little peak at what’s happening around the state.

Jacob's ladder, Athens County, 4/13/2016, photo by Judd Clover

large white trillium, Delaware County, 4/13/2016, photo by Russ Gibson

Southern Ohio
At Desonier in Athens County, Jacob’s ladder and large white trillium are just starting to bloom. If you’re looking to see cut-leaf toothwort, golden ragwort, or early saxifrage, these species will soon be past peak in the south. Wild stonecrop, a late bloomer, is in bud at Desonier. Along with white trillium, the stunning red trillium is just beginning to bloom in southeast Ohio. Look for it alongside large white trillium in the rich soils at Conkles Hollow. Foam flower and wood anemone will open there soon as well. At entrance to the gorge at Conkles, Virginia bluebells are also beginning to bloom and will quickly reach peak. In southwest Ohio, the spectacular shooting star is now in bloom. It grows right along the trail at Miller Nature Sanctuary. Other excellent places to see spring wildflowers in the southern third of the state include Halls Creek Woods, Shawnee, Lake Katharine, Lake Hope, Davis Memorial, and Whipple.

Virginia bluebells, Adams County, 4/10/2016, photo by Gina Patt

Shooting star, Highland County, 4/12/2016, Photo by Deb Marsh

Central Ohio
While some spring wildflower displays have been tempered in central Ohio by freezing temperatures and snow, the sheltered dolomite gorge at Clifton Gorge has protected the spring blooms from frost, resulting in wonderful displays of color. Large white trillium, wild ginger, Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn, early meadow rue, and Virginia bluebells will be spectacular this weekend. Drooping trillium, wild blue phlox and jack-in-the pulpit will be reaching peak soon. Further north at Davey Woods, beautiful displays of yellow and white trout-lily, rue anemone, cut-leaf toothwort and hepatica can still be seen. In the Columbus area and points north, large white trillium is just beginning to open. Favorite central Ohio sites for spring wildflower displays include A.W. Marion, Mt. Gilead, and Blackhand Gorge.

Hepatica, Fulton County, 4/13/2016

Squirrel corn and Dutchman's breeches, 4/11/2016, Conkles Hollow, Photo by Judd Clover

Northern Ohio
In northern Ohio, our wildflowers had to contend with five inches of snow in some places early this week. While most species came through unscathed, the leaves of Virginia bluebells were damaged in some areas, which may temper their display. At Goll Woods, hepatica is still in peak bloom, along with spring beauty and purple cress. With the upcoming sunny, warm weekend, yellow and white trout-lily, swamp buttercup, Dutchman’s breeches, downy yellow violet, common blue violet and marsh marigold will start to open there. In northeast Ohio, where spring arrives later than any other part in the state, things remain relatively quiet. At Eagle Creek, bloodroot, marsh marigold, spring beauty, and cut-leaf toothwort are still in bloom, while Virginia bluebells and squirrel corn have not yet opened. Many more bloomers will open in northern Ohio as the week progresses, with next weekend looking to be ideal. Other favorite northern Ohio locations include Collier, Olsen, Mohican, and Sheepskin Hollow.

Purple cress, Athens County, 4/12/2016, photo by Judd Clover

Yellow trout lily, Champaign County, 4/13/2016, photo by Bryan Lane

This weekend will provide the perfect weather to get out and explore Ohio’s woodlands. With sunny skies and temperatures reaching 70 degrees and above, our wildflowers will be blazing the forest floor with color. Finally, our winter weather appears to be over. Spring has truly arrived.

Northern adders tongue fern, 4/12/2016, photo by Judd Clover

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.