A warm and mild winter transitioned into an early spring with the first true ephemerals showing their faces in mid to late February before the floodgates fully opened in March. Nearly constant temperatures in the 70's and even 80's throughout March led to many species breaking bud and blooming weeks ahead of schedule. I've seen some interesting species combinations that normally aren't seen due to such different blooming schedules but all that has gone out the window this year. If someone were to keep me locked away for an undisclosed amount of time and upon release was told to guess the date based on the progression of the flora I would have confidently surmised late April in mid-March. In fact, this past March was the warmest on record for the entire United States. I certainly don't doubt it looking back on days spent in sweat-drenched shirts and a sunburned face. I can't recall ever feeling sticky and steamy a la July in March. Bleh.
Luckily I found some time to head outside and catch the spring wildflower show as it progressed at a record rate the past month and a half. At this time last year my species list had barely cracked 100 plants while I have already surpassed 200 this season. Who knows what the rest of this year holds but if it's anything like this spring I'd better buckle up because it's going to be a fast ride! To make up for the lost time here are a number of wildflower species that no Ohio spring would be complete without. Hope you enjoy and look back often for a revived and more frequent posting schedule!
|Snow Trillium (Trillium nivale) Liliaceae: Lily family|
|Harbinger-of-Spring (Erigenia bulbosa) Apiaceae: Carrot family|
|Yellow Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum) Liliaceae: Lily family|
|Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) Berberidaceae: Barberry family|
|Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium reptans) Polemoniaceae: Phlox family|
|Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata) Polemoniaceae: Phlox family|
|Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) Liliaceae: Lily family|
|Long-spurred Violet (Viola rostrata) Violaceae: Violet family|
|Azure Bluet (Houstonia caerulea) Rubiaceae: Madder family|
|Broad-leaf Toothwort (Cardamine diphylla) Brassicaceae: Mustard family|
|Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) Saxifragaceae: Saxifrage family|
|Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna) Plantaginaceae: Plantain family|