Ohio Native Plant Month is Time to Celebrate Wildflowers
The forest floor is waking up. Leaves unfurling. Insects buzzing. Colorful wildflowers blooming. Soon it will be time to hit the trails and celebrate many of the different species that grow in the natural areas of the Metroparks.
This year, challenge yourself to learn more about them, their habitats, and the pollinators that visit their blooms.
Starting in mid-April, some of the first to open will include the yellow trout lily, bloodroot, wild blue phlox, cut-leaved toothwort, spring beauty and blue violet. Metroparks recommends exploring the trail at Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Pearson’s woodland trails, and the Yellow Trail at Oak Openings Preserve for some of the largest displays.
To increase public awareness about our amazing native plant species and how they provide benefits to pollinators, as well as the economy and the health of our environment, April has been designated as Ohio native plant month. Last year, Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 59 into law making Ohio one of the first states in the country to have an entire month dedicated to native plants.
Take the spring challenge! Go to: www.ohionativeplantmonth/its-spring and see if you can be the first person to photograph one of the designated wildflower species in northern Ohio.
Stay tuned to the Metroparks blog for weekly posts highlighting information on native plant species in the Metroparks and their important pollinator/wildlife connections.
Photo: Did You Know? Ants distribute the fleshy seeds of the spring wildflower, Bloodroot.