Alex Palmer's Natural History Notes and Thoughts

Thoughts and reflections on various social and environmental issues, as well as naturalist observations from the great outdoors.

Photojournal! Spring wildflowers of South-Central Ohio

South-central Ohio (see map below first two photos) lies at the base of the Appalachian foothills and the eastern end of the Great Plains of the Midwest.  In only a short drive you go from this:

To this:

This unique change in the landscape creates a diverse array of flowering plants, and so I therefore present Spring Wildflowers of South-Central Ohio.  Note:  All photos were taken in Ross, Highland, or Pike Counties of South-Central Ohio in April 2011.  All photos can be clicked to enlarge!


Redbud (Cercis canadensis), a small tree, in bloom.

Wild columbine (Aqulegia canadensis) growing on a cliff at Fort Hill, Ohio.

Crested Iris (Iris cristata) growing on a rocky slope near the edge of Pike Lake in Pike Lake State Park.

Dozens of spring beauties (Claytonia virginica) dot the forest floor at the Hopewell Mounds unit of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. Photo taken in Northwest corner of park unit near trail.

A large Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema spp.) growing in a rich woodland area of Fort Hill.

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) at Fort Hill.

Rhu anemone (Anemonella thalictroides) at Fort Hill. Different than a sea anemone, I can assure you of that!

Great White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) is Ohio's state wildflower. In full bloom (A), it has a stunning and large bloom. And unlike most wildflowers, it remains beautiful even as it (B) wilts away for the season.

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) in bloom along the Scioto River floodplain forest.

Blood root (Sanguinaria canadensis) in bloom along the trail at the Mound City Historical Site of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe, Ohio.

And finally…

It's your turn! Go for a walk in the woods and see what you can find!


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One response to “Photojournal! Spring wildflowers of South-Central Ohio

  1. Dad May 5, 2011 at 3:38 am

    I enjoyed the lovely reminder of how lovely our environment is in Spring. Thanks Alex–Dad

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