Ohio's rarest wildflower 5.7

Written by David Green.

The bright yellow blooms of Ohio's rarest wildflower, the Lakeside daisy, will greet visitors at the next Natural Areas Discovery Series event on Saturday, May 10. Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve in Ottawa County will host its annual open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

The Lakeside daisy is known to grow naturally in only three places worldwide, including Lake Erie's Marblehead Peninsula. This globally rare perennial flourishes where few other plants can - on nearly barren limestone bedrock in full sunlight.

Nature preserve staff will be on-hand at the open house to answer questions about the Lakeside daisy and some of the other unique plants growing at the 19-acre preserve.

The preserve's Lakeside daisy is the only remaining natural population of this colorful wildflower in the United States. May is the best time to view these bright yellow blooms while they are at their peak.

Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, the Natural Areas Discovery Series features scheduled hikes, interpretive activities and an opportunity for visitors to meet preserve and scenic river staff. Programs are held from April to October. The next event is an open house on Sunday, May 18 at Lou Campbell State Nature Preserve - a permit only site in Lucas County.

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