What a spectacular week of weather the Buckeye state has had this past week. The warmth and sun has Spring moving along with most of the state past peak stage at this point. However, there’s still so much to see and experience. Our native orchids are heating up and the last wave of spring bloomers have arrived.
As you are sure to have noticed the trees are leafing out in earnest at this point in the season. This is especially true in the more southern reaches. With this comes heavily reduced light levels in the forest understory and signals many plants that their time in the sun is about over. This transitions our wildflowers from blooming in the woods to the more sunny, open areas such as prairies and wetlands.
We can report that the Lakeside daisies up on the Marblehead peninsula are nearing peak conditions with now being the time to visit the dedicated state nature preserve for this globally rare and special wildflower.
This is our final wildflower bloom report of the year. We hope everyone has enjoyed this season’s edition and found it helpful and informative. It will be back in mid-March 2023 to mark another spring’s return and the reawakening of our spring flora.
The Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report is updated weekly from late March to the middle of May. We encourage you to take spring wildflower photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioWildflowers. You can follow @OhioDNAP and @OhioDNR on Instagram, @OhioFindItHere and @OhioDNR on Twitter, and the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves on Facebook to see more wildflower photos and signs of spring!