Wildflowers Are Blooming at Cincinnati Parks

Wildflowers blooming on the forest floor.

Wildflowers Are Blooming at Cincinnati Parks

After a long winter, we have a lot of spring activity to experience and look forward to. As early as March, but certainly into April, we can enjoy the beauty of spring ephemeral wildflowers here in Cincinnati.

What are “spring ephemerals?” They are woodland wildflowers with short above-ground life spans. Plants such as Harbinger of Spring, Dutchman’s Breeches, Virginia Bluebells, Celandine Poppy and Spring Beauty are perennials. They are in a race to come up, flower and set seed before the trees above them leaf out and block much of the sunlight from reaching the forest floor. What we see above the ground seems most impressive but what’s going on underground all year long is equally amazing. Spring ephemeral flowers spend the fall and winter growing (yes, growing!) new roots and forming the buds for next spring.

While early spring wildflowers are certainly very pretty to look at, they also have important jobs. They are crucial nectar sources for insects just coming out. Many bees such as honeybees, mason bees and many others rely on these early nectar and pollen sources.

Join other wildflower lovers of all ages this April to view the beauty of the season at these FREE events:

Wildflower Walk
Saturday, April 13 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at California Woods Nature Preserve
Learn to identify different wildflowers on sight and enjoy a guided hike with one of our naturalists. Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. Register by calling 513-231-8678; space is limited.

Spring Fest in the Woods
Saturday, April 27 from 11am – 2pm at Burnet Woods
Enjoy live music from the Dancing Pigs Band and Jay Swanson, wild edible cooking demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts, children’s activities and vendors will be onsite as well as experts to answer your questions about native plant conservation and habitat restoration.