|Virginia Bluebell at O'Neil Woods|
|A Cut-leaved Toothwort near Yellow Creek|
When walking in O'Neil Woods on the Deer Run trail we have found a plethora of wildflowers. The trail skims Yellow Creek which is a tributary to the Cuyahoga river. The moist woodland floor is a suitable environment for wildflowers. We've seen numerous Virginia Bluebells, Cut-leaved Toothwarts, Common Blue Violets, Downy Yellow Violets and Yellow Trout Lilies. I have to admit that the Yellow Trout Lily is my current favorite wildflower. It's petals are such a charming shade of yellow and are drawn back. An additional identification is the lily's green leaves mottled with brown.
Another stomping ground for Tim and I is Silver Creek Metro Park. We love to ramble through Pheasant Run Trail since it loops through the woods. There are a couple of nice ponds and fields to walk by which promote the growth of wildflowers. I was amazed at how many wild strawberry plants we found. We also saw countless Mayapples. The plant looks somewhat prehistoric but has a beautiful lone flower found at the axil of two leaves. Tim and I hunt for the Mayapple plants that have white flowers on them.
The last impressive wildflower that Tim and I saw was the Large-flowered Trillium at Nature Realm. Seeing this flower is a real treat. It is the official wildflower of Ohio and there are few plants around. If you see a Painted Trillium in the woods (I haven't yet), you are witnessing a plant with an uncertain future. So when you walk through the woods, contemplate but don't tamper with nature.
I hope I have inspired you to take a stroll through the forest. I know Tim and I will be soon. Remember to stop, listen and look for the wildflowers. You will be impressed by their understated beauty.