The bluebonnet is one of the biggest springtime attractions in
This magnificent flower first starts blooming along roadways and in meadows throughout the hill country in March, reaching their peak in mid April. There are several varieties of bluebonnet in the state but the Lupinus texensis, found all over
From late March through April and into May bluebonnets can be seen along highways and country roads and in parks throughout the area.
Austin - Enjoy native trees, plants, grasses and meadows of wildflowers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Burnet - Each spring the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival features a pageant, carnival, car show, arts & crafts, fun run, parade, music, and more in the bluebonnet capital of
For more wildflower watching and scenic bluebonnet trails through
Bluebonnet Photo Ops:
It is not uncommon to see motorists stopped along
Ideally, sit or stand in a bare spot among or in front of the bluebonnets to avoid damaging the blooms. Help keep them looking nice for everyone. At the
It is illegal to damage or remove property from State lands - which can be interpreted to mean picking bluebonnets along state highways and other state property. Protect our state flower. Admire them. Photograph them. But don't pick the bluebonnets.
· In 1901, the Texas Legislature named Lupinus subcarnosus as the state flower starting a 70 year debate over which bluebonnet species should really be the state flower with many favoring the bolder Lupinus texensis.
· In 1971, the Legislature pacified all sides by naming both species of bluebonnet and any other known or unknown at that time as the state flower.
· The two main species of
· Other names for the bluebonnet include buffalo clover, wolf flower, and el conejo (the rabbit - perhaps because of the flowering white "bunny's tail" at the tip of the stalk).
· Gardeners wishing to blanket their own yards or meadows with bluebonnets will need to plant the seeds between August and November (September and October is prime seed sowing season).
· In addition to the familiar blues, both nature and breeding bring us bluebonnets in white, pink, lavendar, and maroon.
· April 24 is Texas State Wildflower Day.