This week is National Wildflower Week and we’ve had some great weather to enjoy the beauty of Ohio’s wildflowers. This coming weekend will be sunny and cooler, great weather for viewing wildflowers. Thanks to frequent rains, wildflowers have been robust with beautiful blooms. The last “wave” of spring wildflowers started blooming in 2/3 of the state this past week.
Let’s travel around the state to find out what is in bloom.
Spring wildflower season is coming to an end as the canopy has closed and now the forest floor is fully shaded. New flowering plants this week include: synandra (Synandra hispidula), meehania (Meehania cordata), Canada mayflower (Maianthemum candense), Solomon’s-plume (Maianthemum racemosum), two-flowered cynthia (Krigia biflora) and large-flowered valerian (Valerianella pauciflora). Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), dwarf larkspur (Delphinium tricorne), yellow star-grass (Hypoxis hirsuta), fire pink (Silene virginica) and Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) are in peak bloom right now.
American columbo (Swertia caroliniensis) is in bud and may start blooming this weekend at Shoemaker State Nature Preserve. Violets are about done but you can still find Canada violet (Viola canadensis), palmate-leaved violet (V. palmata) and a few others in bloom. You can join park naturalist Julie Gee this weekend to see Canada violet and about another 20 wildflowers along the trails at Burr Oak State Park.
At Davis Memorial this weekend you can join preserve manager Josh Deemer on a wildflower hike to see large yellow lady’s-slipper and other wildflowers such yellow star-grass, two-flowered cynthia and large-flowered valerian.
Other great places to see wildflowers are Shawnee State Park and Forest, Whipple, Lake Hope, Hocking Hills, Christmas Rocks, Halls Creek Woods and Hueston Woods.
Central 1/3 of Ohio is at a similar point as southern Ohio with many of the same flowers in bloom or near bloom. Spring cress (Cardamine bulbosa) and mayapple have started to bloom. Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is in peak bloom. Trilliums are about finished. At Clifton Gorge, golden ragwort (Packera aurea), stonecrop (Sedum ternatum), Solomon’s-seal (Polygonatum pubescens), Solomon’s-plume, wild blue phlox and mayapple are in peak bloom.
Davey Woods, Alum Creek, Blackhand Gorge, Sycamore, Gross Memorial Woods and Gahanna Woods are other sites to visit for wildflowers in Central Ohio.
Further north at Mt. Gilead State Park, large-flowered trillium, dwarf ginseng, early meadow-rue, Jacob’s-ladder, yellow mandarin, wild geranium, wild blue phlox and are in or little past peak bloom.
Finally, in northern Ohio peak bloom is still going with trilliums, Virginia bluebells and many other spring wildflowers in bloom. Lakeside daisy will be in peak bloom this weekend at Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve. There will be an interpretive hike on Sunday at the preserve.
Beaver Creek, Collier, Eagle Creek, Goll Woods, Hach-Otis, Punderson, Kyle Woods and Johnson Woods are good places to go to see wildflowers.
Next week will be our last wildflower bloom report for 2019. Be sure to check out the last report of the season! Enjoy the wildflowers!
The Ohio wildflower bloom report is updated weekly from the first full week of March to the middle of May. 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 wildflower photos.