I thought I’d start a series of monthly wildflower posts, sort of a roundup of what I’m seeing blooming out in the parks and the woods that I frequent.  Admittedly, wildflowers are easier to photograph than birds and animals, but they’re nice-looking and worth a closer look!

March started out slow but ended up big on the wildflower front here in Ohio.  A couple weeks of hot early spring weather following a warm winter spurred things along too, I’m sure.  Some plants are blooming ahead of schedule.

On lawns, early in the month you could see the following:

Persian Speedwell

These tiny flowers are easy to miss, but have a delicate beauty.

Hairy Bittercress

There’s a lot of this in the state this year; it’s even been noticed by the press:

Lawn A Mess?  It’s Bittercress (Columbus Dispatch)

Also, down in the corner, notice a tidy lawn’s enemy- the dandelion.  Their numbers are increasing.

Chickweed

This teeny wildflower is very easy to miss, but looks really neat.

Snowdrops

Perhaps the earliest regularly-blooming sizable flower is a classic that escaped from gardens a while back.  It’s in certain areas if you know where to look.

By the middle of the month, all sorts of wildflowers started blooming.  The slow start was over!

Ground Ivy

This little plant can be found on lawns and wood edges.  It makes an attractive ground cover.

Common Periwinkle

You can see this plant in landscaped yards as well as in the wild, where it escaped from ‘captivity’.

Pepperweed

This is a weed that’ll be around a while, it can be seen from street curbs to agricultural fields.

Butterweed

This brightly colored plant likes wet areas, and is easy to confuse with Ragwort.  There’ll be more of this soon.

Golden Ragwort

This plant is showing up in woods and in waste areas.

Purple Dead Nettle

This ground cover plant seems to like moisture- it shows up on lawns as well as along wood edges.

Henbit

This is a handsome little flower that likes grassy and waste areas.

Violets

These classic spring lawn flowers are growing in number in the last half of the month.  Always good to see!

Wintercress

This mustard family plant is just getting started blooming.

Spring Cress

I saw a couple patches of this plant in a field.

Hispid Buttercup

Kidney-Leaved Buttercup

Garlic Mustard

This invasive plant is just starting to bloom at the end of the month- there’s a lot more to come.  I’m noticing its leaves in many places.

Siberian Squill

This pleasant flower has escaped from cultivation and has adapted well to blooming along wood edges.

Out in the woods, by the middle of the month many blooms have started to emerge.  There are lots of interesting plants that are finally maturing!

Spring Beauty

Perhaps the classic spring flower, there’s lots of this carpeting the forest floor in certain areas.  It can also be seen in park grass and on lawns.  It has long thin almost grass-like leaves.

Purple Cress

This flower rivals Spring Beauties in number in moist areas of the forest.

Cutleaf Toothwort

Another numerous woodland plant, its leaves are quite distinctive.

Virginia Bluebells

I always think I’m in a garden when I run across colonies of this plant in the woods.

Lesser Celandine

This plant can cover the ground with large colonies in wet areas.

Bloodroot

A unique woodland flower- check out its single large leaf that embraces the stem as it grows.

Rue Anemone

This delicate plant has distinctive lobed leaves.

Blue Phlox

This common forest flower is just getting started- there’s more to come.

Dutchman’s Breeches

One of my favorite spring blooms with its very unique flowers.  Its leaves are quite distinctive too.  This plant doesn’t stay around long, unfortunately.

Next month, the spring wildflower explosion continues.  It’s an exciting time for plant enthusiasts and for those who appreciate Mother Earth’s beauty.  I have to remember when I’m out birding to keep an eye on the ground now, too.