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Ohio Natives in Bloom

Fleeting flowers of spring

close up of yellow trout lily flowers

Spring is when the native wildflowers in the woods really show off. I love this time of year, when I can go out to look for all my favorites in natural areas.

close up of many white bloodroot flowersBloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis, Zones 3–8) is so pretty. I just wish the flowers lasted longer!

close up of Bloodroot flowers from aboveCloser look at the bloodroot flowers

close up of white and purple hepatica flowersHepatica (Hepatica acutiloba, Zones 3–8) is such an early bloomer. It is fun to look at big groups in the woods and see all the different colors. Some I see are white, others are blue, and there are lots of lavenders in between. I love all of them!

close up of bright purple hepatica flowersThis hepatica is so pretty—such a rich color.

close up of pink cardamine flowersI think this is Cardamine douglassii (Zones 3–8). The pink flowers are so delicate, and they smell good too. I always see so many pollinators visiting the flowers in the spring.

large clumps of pink Cardamine in the woodsI can’t get enough of Cardamine douglassii. There are so many blooms, it makes the woods look like a flower garden.

spire of Dutchmans britches white and yellow flowersDutchman’s britches (Dicentra cucullaria, Zones 3–7) is a favorite. I like the flowers, of course, and the foliage is pretty too. It almost looks like fern fronds. After it flowers, it will go completely dormant and disappear.

close up of yellow trout lily flowersUsually when I see trout lily (Erythronium americanum, Zones 3–9) I just see a lot of leaves, but not many flowers. But not this clump! It is blooming so much.


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  1. MohawkValley 04/18/2023

    Very nice ! My walk in the woods will take place soon , here in central New York . I already have a shade garden populated by wild plants and HOPEFULLY , I'll find some additions to bring home . Pictures are forthcoming ... Nice finds !

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    simplesue 04/18/2023

    Wow you have some great woodland native photos! I love Bloodroot- especially the leaves! And oh your Hepatica flower photos are so pretty!

  3. btucker9675 04/18/2023


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