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May Wildflowers in Ohio.

May 26, 2012

It’s time for that monthly look at what’s blooming out in the lawns, fields and woods in central Ohio.  Late spring is heading towards early summer, and the wildflowers are changing.  This month’s notable blooms include Hawkweed, Oxeye Daisies, Clover, and Blackberry Brambles.

On lawns:

White Clover

This familiar yard plant has showed up in a big way this month.

Red Clover

This larger and showier clover can also be found along wood edges.


This tiny plant can also be found in woods and fields.  Very pretty, but easy to miss because it’s so small.


Wood Sorrel

This handsome little lawn plant is increasing in number.

Black Medick

Another easy-to-miss tiny lawn plant.

English Plantain

A familiar plant that homeowners don’t like to see in their yard.

In fields, wood edges and waste areas:

Yellow Hawkweed

Hawkweed is big this month in many fields.

Blackberry Brambles

Blackberry brambles are flowering a lot right now- look forward to berries in the summer, but watch out for those thorns.

Oxeye Daisies

This classic wildflower is flourishing along roadsides and in fields.



Winter Cress

This plant, numerous last month, is fading now.


Garlic Mustard

This plant is fading away as well.

Spiny-Leaved Sowthistle

This plant is just getting started this month.

Yellow Goats Beard

A tall brightly flowering plant along roadsides.

Curly Dock

This green-blooming plant will be a favorite of birds that will eat its seeds later in the year.

Dame’s Rocket

This handsome plant has peaked and is slowly declining in numbers.

Crown Vetch

This plant is often seen as ground cover along highways.

Birdsfoot Trefoil

Another ground cover plant you can often see along the road in certain areas.  It just started blooming late this month.


This plant can grow to be very tall and is typically seen along roadsides.  They can form dense thickets.

Golden Ragwort

This plant is now declining in number; you can often see it seeding.

Pineapple Weed

Easy to miss along roadsides and waste areas.


This plant is just starting to bloom.


Meadow Rue

Ground Ivy

In rocky areas:

Wild Stonecrop

I see this plant (which often has white blooms)  growing on rocky outcrops along the Scioto River.

Wild Columbine

I know this one is hard to see- look for the red and yellow blooms in the center of the picture.  I found it in a scenic ravine along a sheer wall.  These plants are fascinating, and I hope I see more of them.

In wet areas:

Ohio Spiderwort

Northern Blue Flag

Yellow Iris

Woodland plants:

Solomon’s Plumes

This unique plant has started blooming this month, although its distinctive leaves have been around a while.

Solomon’s Seal

Very similar to Solomon’s Plumes, save for the hanging blooms along the stem.

White Bayberry

This plant will produce clusters of distinctive berries later in the year.

Sweet Cicely

This plant is already starting to lose its blooms- check out the seed pods.


Miami Mist

This distinctive plant can be mistaken for Waterleaf if given only a cursory glance.



This woodland plant is notable for its toothed 5-leaf clusters.

Greater Celandine

Tall Buttercup


Blue Phlox

This numerous spring woodland bloom is declining in number now.

Wild Geranium

Another declining once-numerous forest flower.

Blue-Eyed Grass

This delicate plant is easy to overlook.

Jack In The Pulpit

Quite easy to miss, given its color and unusual pitcher shape.


Once plentiful, but now declining in number.

Golden Alexanders

Yellow Pimpernel

Rue Anemone

The last of the surviving spring ephemerals from earlier in the season.

And finally, here are some summer plants that have bloomed a bit early this year:

Wild Parsnip

Yellow Sweetclover

Canada Thistle


Summer is almost here.  The spring wildflower show is drawing to a close.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2012 10:22 pm

    i love the way the Hemlock looks here. So pretty.

  2. May 26, 2012 10:52 pm

    We have most of the same flowers here, but I think that it is interesting thet the nightshade is almost done there, while here, I just saw it blooming for the first time this week.An excellent post, as always.

  3. May 27, 2012 12:09 am

    A nice array of pretties!

  4. May 27, 2012 12:26 am

    Wonderful nature post. with great photos. You’ve helped me identify some of the wildflowers around here.

  5. May 27, 2012 12:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing. You saved me the trouble of looking up the butterweed and the golden ragwort which had me confused.

  6. keekeepod permalink
    May 27, 2012 10:04 pm

    Thanks for the post. You may have helped me ID 8 “weeds.”

  7. May 28, 2012 9:52 am

    In the next month or so, I will see most of these … your growing season is ahead of ours. I will be posting a few later today .. wild columbine, star flowers and … we will see what else I can find. Thanks for naming them for me … so many I see, I do not have names for.

  8. May 29, 2012 1:05 am

    What a nice array. Some of these we have here, many I wish we had! Your season is far ahead of ours for many of these.

  9. May 29, 2012 12:19 pm

    Beautiful…great pictures…the Spiderwort is a standout…kind of reminds me of Periwinkle…in color at least…and the variety in nature is reminds me of stopping by a field near us…and walking through and seeing all kinds of flowers…”weeds” to most…but not to you…and to most of us who stop by…thanks W.S….

  10. May 29, 2012 3:13 pm

    I’ve seen most, but not all of those here in NH. I think we’re catching up with you on most flowers.

  11. May 31, 2012 6:25 am

    Hi. You are still far ahead of us in New Brunswick. The ones new to me are Maimi Mist and Mayapple… thanks for introducing me. ‘Favorite photo’ goes to the rock with the Wild Columbines. Jane

  12. May 31, 2012 7:55 pm

    many of these are just starting to appear here in Connecticut – now I’ll know what I’m looking at!

  13. June 2, 2012 6:51 am

    Thanks for the great comments everyone!

  14. snowbirdpress permalink
    June 12, 2012 9:57 pm

    What a great post! I learned the names to a number of flowers around here and finally got to see many I only knew the names to and had never seen the flower.

    I tried to Twitter and Facebook this post, but I’m finding that on long posts like this sometimes it just won’t send them.

    Great post!


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