In early May, an ordinary looking patch of gravel along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile bursts into full bloom.

The bright Lakeside daisy (Hymenoxys herbacea) is one of Ohio’s most spectacular wildflowers. This long-lived perennial grows where few others can, on nearly barren limestone bedrock in full sunlight.

In early to mid-May, the bright, yellow flowers adorn the otherwise bleak and sunbaked landscape of the Marblehead Quarry; the only natural population of the Lakeside daisy in the U.S. It is a federally threatened species and has been listed as endangered in Ohio since 1980.

Lakeside has its own patch of Lakeside daisies. In 2000, Sid Foster established a bed of Lakeside daisies on Lakeside’s lakefront near Perry Park. The garden is in memory of his grandmother, Daisy Farley Foster, who was a Lakeside resident from 1913-1959. Sid Foster, Dottie McDowell and McDowell’s family maintain the garden for all to enjoy.

If you are visiting Lakeside in May, be sure to pay a visit to the garden. Special thanks to Dottie McDowell for providing information and the picture of the Lakeside daisy garden.

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