Texas Bluebonnet season is officially here and it’s absolutely gorgeous!They’re a bit ahead of schedule so get out there and check them out as soon as you can. Here’s a couple nuggets about Bluebonnets and some advice for those of you springtime blossom hunters!
The Texas State Flower
First and foremost, the bluebonnet is the official Texas state flower. And rightly so! They beautify our roadways and signal that Spring has officially arrived! Bluebonnets are so synonymous with Texas in Spring that they’re akin to the flowering cherry trees in Japan or the tulip in Holland. It feels pretty sweet to be in such cool company!
About Texas Bluebonnets
The Texas Department of Transportation has heavily influenced the presence of the gorgeous wildflower along our state’s roadways. Each year the department sows about 30,000 bluebonnet seeds across the state. Only a small percentage of those seeds actually germinate and produce flowers that first year as a method to protect the species from drought and other adverse conditions. To ensure that the bluebonnets thrive and complete their life cycle the Department of Transportation refrains from mowing and cutting the grasses along roadsides through the end of the Spring and early Summer to allow the flowers their moment in the Texas Sun!
Viewing these little beauties is as easy as hopping in the car and heading out for a nice country drive. From the Houston area head west to Brenham and Chappell Hill for great displays. Up in the DFW area make your way over to Ennis to see spectacular views. Basically, the triangle that is formed by Houston, San Antonio, and DFW makes a perfect region for viewing our favorite flower.
Because Bluebonnets are most practically discovered along the side of the road there’s a couple of things to keep in mind while viewing. Make sure you’re fully pulled over to the side of the road. Be careful and mindful of the traffic and do not endanger you, your passengers, and other vehicles on the road. If you spot a delightful patch of bluebonnets at the last second do not slam on the breaks. Rest assured that there will be another patch up the road and if you absolutely need to photograph that spot turn around and circle back to it.
While you’re out and about amoungst all the pretty little flowers keep your eye out for less appealing elements out in those fields. In particular, road debris is common right off the side of the road. Nature can get you too. be mindful of fire ants, spiders and snakes. It’s their home and you just might be stomping around in it.
While bluebonnet hunting, take some time to discover some of the other absolutely gorgeous wildflowers dotting the Texas country-side. Don’t know what you’re looking for? Here’s an easy resource for learning to spot Indian Paintbrush, Pink Evening Primrose, Blackeyed Susan, Mexican Hat, Flowering Dogwood, Indian Blanket, Texas Dandelion, and Drummond’s Phlox.