Wildflowers

A green stem pokes out of  long slim green leaves. At the top is a yellow bell like flower with curled up petals. The stamen poking out is orange.  In the background you can see a log log that is covering in moss.
A yellow trout-lily in bloom.

© D.J. Reiser

The diverse plant habitats of Cuyahoga Valley create perfect settings for enjoying wildflowers. In the springtime, the park’s forests come alive with ephemeral (short-lived) wildflowers, especially in moist areas near creeks. Before the trees spread their leaves and block sunlight, the forest floor is a living canvas, painted with a variety of native wildflowers.

Our woodlands are home to spring beauty, yellow trout lily, toothwort, hepatica, bloodroot, dwarf ginseng, Virginia bluebells, spring cress, purple cress, rue anemone, foam flower, twin leaf, bishop's cap, squirrel corn, violets, jack-in-the-pulpit, several species of trillium, and a host of others.

In mid-to-late summer, park fields transform into vibrant patches of blooming goldenrod and asters. Most commonly, Canadian goldenrod, grass-leaved goldenrod, New England Aster, and callico aster enliven the fields with their colorful blooms.

 
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    Last updated: April 27, 2022

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