The Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve encompasses 19 acres of old limestone quarry land on the Marblehead Peninsula of Lake Erie in Lakeside, Ohio. The tiny yellow flowers are Lakeside Daisies (Hymenoxys herbacea), and this is the only natural population in the United States. Since 1980, the flower has been listed as endangered, and it is considered the most rare of all the plants on Ohio’s endangered list. The flowers bloom in early to mid-May, brightening up what is otherwise a rocky, almost barren area of the quarry.


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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Love the depth to this, Monnie. Interesting about the Lakeside Daisies. You think of endangered animals, but rarely endangered plants.

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 3 years ago

    Great capture Monnie .. interesting info about the daisies .. I wonder why they grow only there ~ perhaps they need the limestone?

  • No idea why they picked this spot. If I recall correctly, there are only a couple of other places in the world that they grow — one place in Canada, I think. Strange!

    – Monnie Ryan

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 3 years ago

    Stunning capture, Monnie!!

  • Thanks, Carol!

    – Monnie Ryan

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