May Wildflowers at Scioto Trail State Park

Since we were at Scioto Trail State Park mid-May, there were so many wildflowers along the trails that I thought they merited their own post. Here’s a look at some of the flowers that we saw, plus some of the living creatures that were near them.


Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)

Fruit of Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)

Azure Bluet (Houstonia caerulea)


Unidentified flower

Violet Wood Sorrel (Oxalis illinoensis)

Unidentified flower

Fire Pink (Silene virginica)

Common milkweed (Heracleum maximum)

False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum)

Tulip tree blossom

Smooth Phlox (Phlox glaberrima)

Spore on the underside of a Christmas fern frond

Animal life

While looking for wildflowers, the following little creatures also caught my eye.

Orchard spider (Leucauge venusta)

Green on green — an assassin bug nymph

Toad in hiding

Zebra butterfly (when it was a larva, it ate pawpaw leaves that changed its chemistry in a way that protects it from predators).

Bee on eastern waterleaf blossom

Additional information

Bob’s post, Scioto Trail State Park, describes the trails, amenities, and location of this park.

© Deborah Platt, Robert Platt and 2012 to 2017

3 thoughts on “May Wildflowers at Scioto Trail State Park”

  1. Carol Welsh says:

    Oh, so pretty! You KNOW I love those photos! 🙂

  2. The first two photos show a spiderwort (genus Tradescantia) and the sixth appears to be wood sorrel (genus Oxalis).

    Steve Schwartzman

    1. Deb Platt says:

      Thank you, Steve.

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