Marblehead, Ohio is home to the rarest of all Ohio's native plant species- the Lakeside Daisy, Hymenoxys herbacea. Other than here and a small population in Michigan, this plant only occurs in two areas of Ontario, Canada. There is a special Ohio Division of Natural Areas Preserve set aside for this flower and a special day each May is held in its honor.
|Lakeside Daisy, Hymenoxys herbacea.|
The Lakeside Daisy preserve is easily accessible off of Alexander Pike, but you'll want to wait until next May to visit- as the daisies have long pasted their peak bloom. These plants are federally protected and you will NOT want to pick or molest any of these plants.
|These gigantic trucks are dwarfed only by the scale of the landscape. Each tire is a tall as a man.|
|Our group dons vests of saftey yellow before heading out into the quarry.|
|Guy Denny begins to strip seeds for the future.|
|The daisy seed head.|
The daisy are so rare because they grow, in fact require, this barren and alkaline habitat.
At the end of the day, Jennifer Windus from Ohio Division of Wildlife inventories our take. We have gathered 6-8 partial bags of seed to be used in future restoration projects. It was a long hard day, but it gives one a sense of accomplishment to know we were a part of collecting and preserving the rarest of Ohio plants for the future.
|Our Lakeside Daisy is protect it for the future.|
Just don't pick any, OK?