Native plants provide many benefits to wildlife and people.  They also contribute to healthy soil and water.  Not to mention their beauty and the variety of pollinators they attract including birds and butterflies.

Recommended Native Plant Guide

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April is the official native plant month for Ohio. So for this April, we are going to have native plant of the week! The featured plants are all woodland wildflowers that can be seen blooming or leafing out in April. Native plants, including our beloved wildflowers, contribute to healthy water ways and decreased soil erosion, proving to be beneficial when growing in the wild or in your gardens.

When you see these plants in the woods, take a photo and share it with us and friends. Never pick flowers you find in the woods and stay on trail. Many woodland wildflowers are very sensitive. Some early wildflowers are spring ephemerals, which take years to establish. If you fall in love with a native plant you find in the woods, check out a native plant nursery to find ethically sourced wildflowers for your garden.

 

April 12th-18th Native Plant of the week

Wild blue phlox- Phlox divaricata

This small woodland flower will bloom in April and May. The wild blue phlox, also known as woodland phlox, grows in clumps, blooming in a range of colors including white, pink, purple, and blue. This fragrant flower attracts long-tongued pollinators like butterflies, moths and hummingbirds. If you want to grow wild blue phlox in your garden, remember it enjoys dapple shade and moist soils. 

April 2nd-11th Native Plant of the week

Yellow Trout Lily-Erythronium americanum

Our first native plant of the week is yellow trout-lily, which is a spring ephemeral. You can see these yellow flowers blooming in woodland habitats between April-May. This flower got its name from the spotted/smeared patterned leaves that look like a brook trout. The trout-lily’s pollen attracts all kinds of native bees to pollinate the flower. Also, ants help spread the seeds of trout-lily around the forest floor. If you wish to have them in your garden, they’re great for an early bloom and ground cover in the spring. They like ample sunlight in the early spring and moist, rich soils. Check out a native plant nursery to get some in your garden.