DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Spring has officially sprung in the Miami Valley and one particular wildflower is blooming.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Virginia Bluebells — or Mertensia virginica — typically bloom from April to early May, although they quickly wither away.
As a sure sign of spring, they are easily recognizable by their bright blue downward-pointing flowers and large green oval-shaped leaves.
ODNR said these wildflowers are typically found in low-lying damp woods, floodplains and stream terraces.
Below are Virginia Bluebells found at Aullwood Garden MetroPark.