Northwest Ohio Spring Wildflowers

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.

 

Even in the Snow!

Some wildflowers are blooming when the snow is still flying. Flowers like hepatica, blood root, spring beauty, and others will fight through some of the late spring snow falls.

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.

 

Northwest Ohio Spring Wildflower Picture Gallery

(Click on any image for a larger picture.  Click on the camera image for additional pictures.

Blood Root
Blood Root
Common Blue Violet
Common Blue Violet
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Colt's Foot
Colt's Foot
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Cut-leaved Toothwort
Cut-leaved Toothwort
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Downey Yellow Violet
Downey Yellow Violet
Dutchman's Breeches
Dutchman's Breeches
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Golden Ragwort
Golden Ragwort
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Golden Ragwort
Hepatica
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Kidney-leaf Buttercup
Kidney-leaf Buttercup
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Large-flowered Trillium
Large-flowered Trillium
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Marsh Marigold
Marsh Marigold
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Myrtle
Myrtle
Rue Anemone
Rue Anemone
Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage
Spring Beauty
Spring Beauty
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Swamp Buttercup
Swamp Buttercup
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White Trout Lilly
White Trout Lilly
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Wild Oats
Wild Oats
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Wild Strawberry
Wild Strawberry
Wood Anemone
Wood Anemone
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Yellow Trout Lilly
Yellow Trout Lilly
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Dame's Rocket
Dame's Rocket (non-native)





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