Many spring wildflowers in Ohio (and elsewhere in the eastern United States) begin to bloom as soon as the snow melts and temperatures begin to inch up. The flowers have to make a run for it before the leaves on the tall hardwood trees begin to block the sun light.
Once the canopy of the forest closes the amount of sun light that reaches the spring wildflowers will be reduced to only a fraction of what they get in early spring.
Once the weather warms a little more in April and May the forest floors are carpeted with many different kinds of flowers of all colors. This beautiful bloom of color is quite a spectacle. It’s a very nice change from the grip of winter that hangs on for several months in Northwest Ohio.
The pictures below are intended as an online field guide to some of the wildflowers that you may see during the spring time.
Some don’t last for very long. Timing is everything if you go out to look for them.