Ohio Unearthed: Explore 40 Native Wildflowers and Plants

Ohio is located in the Midwest and is home to an astonishing range of native flowers and wildflowers. The Buckeye State provides a range of habitats, including large, open plains and rocky hills and forests. In this article, we’ll take a look at 40 types of native Ohio flowers, plants, and wildflowers.

Native Ohio Wildflowers and Plants

Ohio Native Range & Growing Zones

Ohio is a Midwestern state that’s part of the Great Lakes region. It has a relatively humid climate with a subtropical climate in the southern part of the state. The local climate only covers two USDA Growing Zones; Zones 5 and 6. Most of Ohio corresponds to Zone 6, with some isolated areas that fall into Zone 5.

How are Ohio’s Native Flowers Defined?

Ohio’s native plants are defined as species that grew in the state before European settlers arrived. Many of these native species have grown in Ohio for thousands of years. After Europeans arrived in the 17th Century, new species were introduced. Some of these non-native species have become naturalized in Ohio.


40 Types of Native Ohio Flowers, Plants, and Wildflowers


1) Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Black-eyed Susan is one of Ohio’s most iconic wildflowers. These bright yellow flowers belong to the Rudbeckia genus from the aster or daisy family (Asteraceae). They thrive on prairies and grasslands in full sun across the state of Ohio.

Black-eyed Susan flowers have dark brown central florets surrounded by bright yellow ray petals and green oval-shaped leathery leaves. These flowers bloom throughout the summer until the first frost.

Scientific Name:Rudbeckia hirta
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun
Mature Height:1 to 3 ft

2) Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Blue flag iris is a herbaceous perennial from the iris family (Iridaceae). It’s native to eastern parts of North America and thrives in wetland habitats and along riverbanks across Ohio.

Blue flag iris produces large, rich blue iris flowers with yellow markings on the petals. The flowers grow on upright stems from clumps of long, strap-like light green leaves.

Scientific Name:Iris versicolor
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:2 to 2.5 ft

3) Blue Phlox

Blue Phlox are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Blue phlox is a flowering perennial from the phlox family (Polemoniaceae). This native Ohio flower thrives in forests and woodland habitats.

Blue phlox grows in clumps of hairy oval-shaped leaves. In spring, blue phlox produces clusters of tubular pale blue or lilac flowers with five petals. Blue phlox also has a pleasant scent. These semi-evergreen flowers have a spreading habit.

Scientific Name:Phlox divaricata
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:Up to 1 ft

4) Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Butterfly weed is a herbaceous perennial from the dogbane family (Apocynaceae). Butterfly weed is native to eastern and southwestern parts of North America. These plants thrive in full sun and dry, loose soils.

These native Ohio flowers produce large clusters of colorful red, yellow, or orange flowers. These flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators, hence their common name. Each flower has five petals and five sepals.

Scientific Name:Asclepias tuberosa
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Summer
Light Requirements:Full sun
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

5) Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Cardinal flowers are clump-forming herbaceous perennials from the bellflower family (Campanulaceae). They are native to parts of North America, Central America, and Mexico. Cardinal flowers thrive in moist woodlands and wetland habitats like swamps.

These native Ohio plants have upright racemes of bright red flowers with deeply-lobed petals. Cardinal flowers also have long oval to lance-shaped leaves with toothed edges.

Scientific Name:Lobelia cardinalis
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:2 to 4 ft

6) Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Common milkweed is a herbaceous perennial from the milkweed genus (Asclepias spp.) in the dogbane family. They are native to eastern parts of North America and thrive in sandy conditions.

Common milkweed has broad oval or lance-shaped leaves with prominent veins. Common milkweed also produces rounded clusters of fragrant pink or purple flowers. These plants produce a milky sap when cut.

Scientific Name:Asclepias syriaca
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Summer
Light Requirements:Full sun
Mature Height:3 to 4 ft

7) Downy Yellow Violet

Downy Yellow Violet are beautiful native Ohio plants

Downy yellow violets are herbaceous perennials from the violet family (Violaceae). They are native to woodlands and beautiful wildflower meadows across North America. These colorful flowers need partial shade.

Downy yellow violets have leathery heart-shaped leaves with toothed edges, producing bright yellow flowers with black veins in the center. The stems and leaves are covered in fine hairs.

Scientific Name:Viola pubescens
Growing Zones:3 to 7
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:0.5 to 1 ft

8) Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches are beautiful native Ohio plants

Dutchman’s breeches are herbaceous perennials from the poppy family (Papaveraceae). These plants are native to the eastern parts of North America. Dutchman’s breeches thrive in rich woodland habitats with moist soils.

Dutchman’s breeches produce unusual white flowers shaped like pantaloons, hence the common name. The flowers have yellow tips and a nodding habit. These perennials also have trifoliate leaves divided into three leaflets.

Scientific Name:Dicentra cucullaria
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring
Light Requirements:Partial to full shade
Mature Height:0.5 to 1 ft

9) Eastern Red Columbine

Eastern Red Columbine are beautiful native Ohio plants

Eastern red columbines are herbaceous perennials from the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). Also known as Canadian Columbine, Eastern Red Columbines are native to eastern regions of North America.

Eastern red columbines have nodding red flowers with a crown of distinctive spurs at the back of each flower. In addition, they showcase bright yellow stamens and yellow inner petals.

Scientific Name:Aquilegia canadensis
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:2 to 3 ft

10) Golden Alexanders

Golden Alexanders are beautiful native Ohio plants

Golden Alexanders are herbaceous perennials native to eastern parts of North America. Golden Alexanders comes from the carrot or parsley family (Apiaceae). They are adaptable plants that thrive in various habitats, including prairies and woodlands.

Golden Alexanders have tall branching stems with pinnate lance or oval-shaped leaves. They produce umbel-like clusters of tiny bright yellow flowers in spring and summer.

Scientific Name:Zizia aurea
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:1 to 3 ft

11) Goldenrod

Goldenrod are beautiful native Ohio plants

Goldenrods are herbaceous perennials from the aster or daisy family. These brightly-colored plants are native to North America. Goldenrods thrive in sunny, open habitats like meadows and prairies.

These native Ohio flowers produce clumps of reddish stems with slender leaves. When flowering, goldenrods produce clusters of bright yellow flowers at the end of the stems. Some species have more upright stems, while others have downward-curving stems.

Scientific Name:Solidago spp.
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:3 to 5 ft

12) Great Blue Lobelia

Great Blue Lobelia

Also known as blue cardinal flowers, great blue lobelias are herbaceous perennials from the bellflower family. Great blue lobelias are native to central and eastern parts of North America.

These beautiful plants have upright, unbranched stems and elliptical or lance-shaped leaves. Great blue lobelias produce bright blue flowers with three fused lower petals and two curled upper petals.

Scientific Name:Lobelia siphilitica
Growing Zones:4 to 9
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:2 to 3 ft

13) Hairy Beardtongue

Hairy Beardtongue are beautiful native Ohio flowers

Hairy beardtongue is a herbaceous perennial from the plantain family (Plantaginaceae). Hairy beardtongue is native to eastern parts of North America and grows in dry habitats such as grasslands and prairies.

The plant gets its common name from its hairy stems. The stalks also bear clusters of tubular purple flowers that have white edges to the lobes.

Scientific Name:Penstemon hirsutus
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

14) Hoary Vervain

Hoary Vervain

Hoary vervain is a member of the verbena family (Verbenaceae) native to the central United States. Hoary vervains are drought-tolerant perennials that thrive in dry, open meadows and prairies.

These plants have upright stalks topped with seed spikes. Tubular purple, pink, or white flowers emerge from the stalks from spring until fall. The upper spikes produce clusters of tiny seeds that resemble nuts.

Scientific Name:Verbena stricta
Growing Zones:4 to 7
Flowering Season:Spring to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun
Mature Height:2 to 4 ft

15) Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit is a tuberous perennial from the arum family (Araceae). These strange wildflowers look similar to pitcher plants. Jack-in-the-pulpit has hooded purple or green spathes that protect a purple spadix of tiny flowers.

These plants are native to moist, shady woodlands in eastern areas of North America. Jack-in-the-pulpit is also known as the bog onion and has two large leaves consisting of three leaflets.

Scientific Name:Arisaema triphyllum
Growing Zones:4 to 9
Flowering Season:Spring
Light Requirements:Partial to full shade
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

16) Large White Trillium

Large White Trillium are beautiful native Ohio flowers

The large white trillium has been Ohio’s official state wildflower since 1987. Large white trilliums are herbaceous perennials from the bunchflower family (Melanthiaceae). These striking plants are native to rich, shady woodlands throughout eastern North America.

Large white trilliums grow via rhizomes and produce a whorl of three green bracts. These trilliums have large white flowers with three petals above the bracts.

Scientific Name:Trillium grandiflorum
Growing Zones:4 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Partial to full shade
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

17) Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

Also known as kingcups, marsh marigolds are herbaceous perennials from the buttercup family. Marsh marigolds are native to the Northern Hemisphere and grow in wetland habitats such as marshes and moist woodlands.

They grow in clumps of kidney-shaped dark green leaves. During spring and summer, marsh marigolds produce bright yellow cup-shaped flowers that are similar to buttercups.

Scientific Name:Caltha palustris
Growing Zones:3 to 7
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

18) Obedient Plant

Obedient Plant are beautiful native Ohio flowers

Obedient plants are herbaceous perennials from the mint or sage family (Lamiaceae). These attractive flowers remain in position even when touched, hence their common name. Obedient plants are native to North America and parts of Mexico.

These plants have stiff, upright stems covered in tubular pink flowers with purple speckles inside. These flowers resemble snapdragons and bloom from midsummer until fall.

Scientific Name:Physostegia virginiana
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:3 to 4 ft

19) Ohio Horsemint

Ohio Horsemint are beautiful native Ohio flowers

Also known as pagoda horsemint, Ohio horsemint is a herbaceous perennial from the mint family. Ohio horsemint is native to dry open woodlands and meadows in central and eastern North America.

Ohio horsemint plants have square stems topped with up to five ascending clusters of flowers. These tiny blue, purple, or white blossoms sit on top of rings of green bracts, resembling a pagoda.

Scientific Name:Blephilia ciliata
Growing Zones:4 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:1 to 3 ft

20) Ohio Spiderwort

Ohio Spiderwort

Ohio spiderwort is a herbaceous perennial native to central and eastern parts of North America. These plants come from the spiderwort family (Commelinaceae). They thrive along roadsides but also grow in woodland habitats.

Ohio spiderwort has slender bluish-gray or bluish-green leaves and stems. These Ohio native flowers also produce small, bright blue flowers with three petals that only last for one day.

Scientific Name:Tradescantia ohiensis
Growing Zones:4 to 9
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:2 to 3 ft

21) Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke are beautiful native Ohio flowers

Also known as old man’s whiskers, prairie smoke is a herbaceous perennial from the rose family (Rosaceae). This native Ohio plant gets its name from its feathery gray seed heads. Prairie smoke grows in clumps of fern-like leaves and produces purple, red, or pink nodding flowers. Interestingly, they thrive on cold, dry meadows and prairies.

Scientific Name:Geum triflorum
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:0.5 to 2 ft

22) Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Purple coneflowers are some of America’s most iconic wildflowers. These lovely native Ohio flowers are herbaceous perennials from the daisy family, thriving on prairies and grasslands throughout the state. 

Purple coneflowers have large, daisy-like flower heads with orange-brown central cones surrounded by purple ray petals. Purple coneflowers thrive in full sun and prefer nutrient-poor soils. They’re also one of the most accessible types of coneflowers to grow.

Scientific Name:Echinacea purpurea
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Summer
Light Requirements:Full sun
Mature Height:2 to 5 ft

23) Purple Joe Pye Weed

Purple Joe Pye Weed are beautiful native Ohio flowers

Purple Joe Pye weed is a herbaceous perennial from the daisy family. Purple Joe Pye weed is native to central and eastern parts of North America.

This clump-forming plant produces purple upright stems. Purple Joe Pye weed has long wrinkly leaves and large clusters of purplish-pink flowers. The stems often bend under the weight of the flower heads.

Scientific Name:Eutrochium purpureum
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:5 to 8 ft

24) Roundleaf Ragwort

Roundleaf Ragwort are beautiful native Ohio flowers

Roundleaf ragwort is a herbaceous perennial native to northern Mexico and eastern parts of North America, including Ohio. Roundleaf ragwort belongs to the daisy family and thrives on rocky slopes or moist woodlands and meadows.

This plant produces upright stems and clumps of round leaves. The stems are topped with clusters of bright yellow flowers with up to 16 slender yellow petals.

Scientific Name:Packera obovata
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

25) Shooting Star

Shooting Star

Shooting Star is a herbaceous perennial native to prairies and woodlands in eastern North America. These showy flowers come from the primrose family (Primulaceae).

Shooting star has rosettes of lance-shaped basal leaves that produce leafless stalks. These stalks grow umbels of pink or white flowers with five upright petals. The flowers also have yellow central stamens and resemble cyclamen flowers.

Scientific Name:Dodecatheon meadia
Growing Zones:4 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to full shade
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

26) Showy Tick-Trefoil

Showy Tick-Trefoil are beautiful native Ohio flowers

Also known as Canadian tick-trefoil, showy tick-trefoil is a herbaceous perennial from the legume or pea family (Fabaceae). Showy tick-trefoil is native to eastern regions of North America and thrives in woodlands and prairies.

Showy tick-trefoil produces upright, bushy stems and pink or pinkish-purple pea-like flowers. The undersides of the flowers are coated with hooked hairs that attach to passing animals.

Scientific Name:Desmodium canadense
Growing Zones:3 to 7
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:3 to 5 ft

27) Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Swamp milkweed is a herbaceous perennial native to North America’s eastern regions. This plant comes from the dogbane family and grows best in wetland habitats such as marshes and swamps.

Swamp milkweed produces large clusters of tiny pink fragrant flowers. These flowers attract several types of butterflies that use swamp milkweeds as larval food plants. Like other milkweeds, swamp milkweed produces milky sap when damaged.

Scientific Name:Asclepias incarnata
Growing Zones:3 to 6
Flowering Season:Summer
Light Requirements:Full sun
Mature Height:3 to 4 ft

28) Tall Bellflower

Tall Bellflower are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Also known as American bellflowers, tall bellflowers are herbaceous plants from the Campanulaceae family. Tall bellflowers are native to woodlands and glades across eastern North America.

These Ohio native plants are annuals or biennials with basal rosettes that produce tall, hairy light green stems. Tall bellflowers produce delicate blue star-shaped flowers with a white ring in the center. Unlike other bellflowers, this species has flat flowers.

Scientific Name:Campanula americana
Growing Zones:4 to 7
Flowering Season:Summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:3 to 6 ft

29) Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Virginia bluebells are herbaceous perennials native to moist woodlands across eastern North America, including Ohio. These clump-forming plants come from the borage family (Boraginaceae).

Virginia bluebells have grayish-green oval-shaped leaves with a wrinkled texture. During the spring, Virginia bluebells produce clusters of nodding flower buds at the end of the stems. These open into pink trumpet-shaped flowers that quickly turn pale blue or violet.

Scientific Name:Mertensia virginica
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring
Light Requirements:Partial to full shade
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

30) Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot

Also known as bee balm, wild bergamot is a herbaceous perennial from the mint family. Wild bergamot is native to North America and thrives in dry, open habitats such as fields, prairies, and meadows.

Wild bergamot produces tall stems topped with large clusters of purple tubular with white bracts. Each cluster can contain up to 50 flowers.

Scientific Name:Monarda fistulosa
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:2 to 4 ft

31) Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Wild geraniums are herbaceous perennials from the Geraniaceae family. Also known as spotted geraniums, these wildflowers are native to eastern North America. Wild geraniums are frequently found in woodland habitats.

These native Ohio flowers are clump-forming plants with upright stems. Wild geraniums have palmate leaves with five to seven lobes with toothed edges and also produce pale pink or purple cup-shaped flowers.

Scientific Name:Geranium maculatum
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

32) Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

Wild ginger is a herbaceous perennial native to deciduous woodlands in eastern parts of North America. Also known as Canadian snakeroot, these plants come from the birthwort family (Aristolochiaceae).

Wild ginger spreads via underground rhizomes and produces clumps of dark green kidney-shaped leaves. These plants have small purplish-brown flowers with three petals that are usually hidden underneath the leaves.

Scientific Name:Asarum canadense
Growing Zones:4 to 6
Flowering Season:Spring
Light Requirements:Partial to full shade
Mature Height:6 to 12 inches

33) Wild Lupine

Wild Lupine are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Wild lupine is a herbaceous perennial from the legume family (Fabaceae) that’s also known as old maid’s bonnets. These plants are native to the eastern parts of North America. These wildflowers thrive in meadows and prairies with sandy soils.

Wild lupines produce upright stems topped with spikes of pea-like flowers. These blue, pink, purple, or white flowers bloom from mid-spring until midsummer.

Scientific Name:Lupinus perennis
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

34) Wild Phlox

Wild Phlox

Also known as summer phlox, wild phlox is a herbaceous perennial from the phlox family (Polemoniaceae). These native Ohio flowers thrive in moist woodlands.

Wild phlox plants have green upright stems and simple, opposite leaves. They also produce rounded clusters of fragrant pink, purple, or white flowers with five petals.

Scientific Name:Phlox paniculata
Growing Zones:4 to 8
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:2 to 4 ft

35) Wild Senna

Wild Senna are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Wild senna is a herbaceous perennial from the legume family. These native Ohio plants thrive in moist woodlands in the Great Lakes region.

Wild senna produces upright stems with stalks of small elliptical alternate compound leaves. The central stem is topped with clusters of bright yellow flowers with stamens topped with black anthers.

Scientific Name:Senna hebecarpa
Growing Zones:4 to 8
Flowering Season:Summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:3 to 6 ft

36) Woodland Sunflower

Woodland Sunflower

Woodland sunflowers are herbaceous perennials from the aster family. These sunflowers grow extensively in dry woodlands across the state of Ohio.

Woodland sunflowers spread via rhizomes and have smooth leaves with hairy undersides. The plants produce showy bright yellow flowers with up to 15 ray petals. Each flower can be up to 2 inches wide.

Scientific Name:Helianthus divaricatus
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:2 to 6 ft

37) Yellow Coneflower

Yellow Coneflower are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Yellow coneflowers are colorful herbaceous perennials from the daisy family. These native Ohio flowers thrive on prairies and grasslands throughout the state.

Yellow coneflowers have rough, hairy stems and leaves. From summer until fall, yellow coneflowers produce bright yellow flowers with drooping petals and gray central cones. The cones gradually turn brown as the season progresses.

Scientific Name:Ratibida pinnata
Growing Zones:3 to 8
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:3 to 5 ft

38) Yellow Lady’s Slipper

Yellow Lady's Slipper

Yellow lady’s slipper orchids are beautiful types of orchids that have a bright yellow slipper-like pouch. These pouches have red spots inside and are surrounded by three twisted green petals.

Yellow lady’s slipper orchids are perennial orchids found across the state of Ohio. You’ll spot them frequently in wetland habitats such as marshes and moist woodlands.

Scientific Name:Cypripedium parviflorum
Growing Zones:3 to 7
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Partial shade
Mature Height:1 to 2 ft

39) Yellow Trout Lily

Yellow Trout Lily are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Yellow trout lilies belong to the lily family (Liliaceae). These perennial lilies thrive in woodland habitats throughout Ohio.

Yellow trout lilies have grayish-green mottled leaves that look like the scales of a trout. These lilies also have bright yellow flowers with three petals and three curved sepals. The flowers open in the morning and close in the evening.

Scientific Name:Erythronium americanum
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Spring
Light Requirements:Partial to full shade
Mature Height:4 to 6 inches

40) Yellow Wild Indigo

Yellow Wild Indigo are beautiful native Ohio wildflowers

Yellow wild indigo is a herbaceous perennial from the pea family. These native Ohio wildflowers thrive in dry woodlands and meadows.

Yellow wild indigo plants produce several bushy upright stems with silvery-green clover-like leaves. In late spring, yellow wild indigo plants have sparse clusters of bright yellow pea-like flowers.

Scientific Name:Baptisia tinctoria
Growing Zones:3 to 9
Flowering Season:Spring to summer
Light Requirements:Full sun to partial shade
Mature Height:2 to 3 ft

Ohio Native Flowers and Wildflowers FAQs

What is Ohio’s State Flower?

Ohio’s state flower is the red carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus), which is a non-native species. It was officially recognized as the state flower in 1953. Ohio’s state wildflower is the large white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), which was recognized in 1987.

What Flowers is Ohio Known for?

Ohio is known for several iconic wildflowers, such as black-eyed Susan and purple coneflower. Ohio is also known for its state wildflower – the large white trillium. All of Ohio’s native flowers grow in Zones 5 and 6.

Can You Pick Wildflowers in Ohio?

It’s illegal to pick wildflowers from Ohio’s public lands, such as state parks and roadsides. You can pick wildflowers on private land if you have the landowner’s permission. However, picking Endangered species is illegal regardless of where you find them.

Where Can I Find Native Flowers in Ohio?

Ohio’s native flowers thrive in a diverse range of habitats. Most of Ohio’s wildflowers grow on vast open plains or along roadsides. Some of these flowers prefer the subtropical conditions in southern Ohio.


Wrapping Up

Ohio is home to a fantastic range of native flowers, plants, and wildflowers. Ohio’s native flowers thrive in Zones 5 and 6 in pretty humid conditions. Some of Ohio’s most recognizable native flowers include black-eyed Susan, purple coneflowers, and large white trilliums. Remember that it’s illegal to pick native flowers unless you’re on private land and have the landowner’s permission.


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