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Wildflower Bloom Report

Wildflower Season to Get Jump Start with Upcoming Warm Weather

Posted on 3/24/2017 by State Nature Preserves
For those that have been waiting for the spring wildflower season to ramp up again, the forecast bodes well for our gems of spring to open up and display theirs blooms this weekend into the upcoming week. With daytime highs in the 60’s and overnight lows staying above freezing, the warm weather is sure to give the spring wildflowers a jolt.



South

In the southern most counties, especially near the Ohio River, look for the wildflower season to really get going this weekend. Spring beauties, cut-leaf toothwort, bloodroot Virginia bluebells, and white and yellow trout lilies, will be opening up again after the cold weather. Dutchman’s breeches are up and in bud stage in southwest Ohio, and should bloom soon. The deep purple dwarf larskpur will begin its early bloom as well. Others to be on the lookout for include bluets, Jacob’s ladder, purple cress, rue-anemone and golden ragwort. If you’re looking for places to explore in southern Ohio, some of our favorite sites include Hueston Woods, Shawnee State Park and Forest, Whipple, Miller Nature Sanctuary, Stroud’s Run State Park and adjacent Riddle State Nature Preserve, and Lake Katharine.



Central

Early bloomers, including spring beauty, hepatica, harbinger-of-spring, yellow and white trout-lily, and cut-leaf toothwort should be targets for this weekend in central third of the state. Virginia bluebells are in bud in Franklin County, and will be opening soon with the warmup. Marsh Marigold may also be blooming this weekend at Cedar Bog and Kiser Lake. Snow trillium will still be holding on in central Ohio this weekend, but it will quickly be past prime after the warm weather. Our favorite locations in central Ohio include Clifton Gorge, A.W. Marion, Delaware SP, Alum Creek SP, Mt. Gilead, Blackhand Gorge, and Salt Fork.



North

Finally, northern Ohio, and in particular, northwest Ohio, should start to see early bloomers this upcoming week. Be on the lookout for spring beauty, harbinger-of-spring, hepatica, and cut-leaf toothwort. Spring comes last to northeast Ohio, but it will be worth the wait, and by the end of the upcoming week, early bloomers should be up and open. Excellent sites in northern Ohio include Goll Woods, Howard Collier, Augusta Anne Olsen, Eagle Creek, Sheepskin Hollow, and Punderson.

In summary, it appears that winter will finally leave us soon, and our spring bloom will begin in earnest. While still early, we predict we’ll have several new species to report next week as the bloom creeps northward. If you’d like to join us in the field, we’ve recently added several wildflower hikes to our calendar. These guided hikes, led by our state nature preserve staff, offer wonderful opportunities to see and learn more about our spring flora.

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 @OhioFindItHere on Twitter and Division of Natural Areas and Preserves on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.