Botanical Survey of Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo is a lovely park here in Columbus, Ohio. The park is located within the city of Columbus and is located on Cliffside Dr. There is a creek that runs through the whole of the park and it features sharp and steep cliff sides surrounding the creek. Glen Echo is called a ravine park and has 4.20 acres of land associated with the park. Throughout the park, there is a mix of natural and cultivated portions and there is a walking path through the creek. The wooded parts of the park feature a mix of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and SO MUCH POISON IVY (so please be careful while exploring the park). The park is a temperate forest environment and I hope you enjoy learning about what plants are there! Truly a beautiful park (I will go get pictures of the interior of the park when I go back this week)!

Map of Glen Echo:

American Basswood, Tilia americana

Blue jays use the American Basswood for shelter and also enjoy the seeds that come from this tree! (https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-descriptions/american-basswood )

American Hophornbeam, Ostrya virginiana

The American hophornbeam is actually moderately resistant to damage from deer (a necessary feature in Ohio) and also is a potential host to two different butterflies, the red-spotted purple butterfly, and the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.  (https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/ostrya-virginiana/)

White Mulberry, Morus alba

A fun fact about this plant is that everything from the white mulberry tree except for the ripened fruit is toxic to humans. All the toxic parts contain a milky sap that makes it toxic. (https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/weedguide/single_weed.php?id=77)

American Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana

Wow, I really know how to pick my plants. The american pokeweed is poisonous (literally the whole plant), especially the berries. In some cases, ingestion of parts of this plant has caused death (https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/phytolacca_americana.shtml).

Panicledleaf ticktrefoil, Desmodium paniculatum

The caterpillars of the Eastern Tailed Blue eat the foliage of this plant and the Gray Hairstreak caterpillar eat the flowers and developing seed pods (https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_depa6.pdf)

Early Goldenrod, Solidago juncea

 

Muscadine grape, Vitis rotundifolia

Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron radicans

Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia