As my family drove back from Colorado to College Station over spring break, and we entered the great state of Texas, we were reminded just how beautiful the fields are with colorful, wild flowers and especially the Texas Bluebonnets.
My youngest son asks, “How did bluebonnets begin?” “Why do the bluebonnets always grow along the sides of the highway?” Well this did not stop my son here, this lead my family on a search of learning interesting facts about the “State Flower of Texas.”
** The first who noticed and admired bluebonnets were the American Indians.
** The bluebonnet is indeed an indigenous species—naturally occurs and lives in the same environment or area.
** The first recorded observation perhaps was made by Jean Louis Berlandier on April 13, 1826. The flowering plant was not called bluebonnets at that time.
** On March 7, 1901, the bluebonnet was declared as the official flower of Texas. However, on March 8, 1971, all species of the bluebonnet, six of them, became known as the state flower.
** The bluebonnet is also known by other common names such as “Texas lupine,” “Buffalo clover” and “Wolf flower.”
** Former First Lady Bird Johnson encouraged the state of Texas to scatter wildflower seeds along the highways during the early 70’s. They have spread and flourished ever since.
If you and your family enjoy driving and looking at the beautiful bluebonnets, head towards Austin. This is where the “Bluebonnet Trail” begins. Highways leading in all directions are lined with miles of bluebonnets. From Austin, follow the Bluebonnet Trail by taking busy HWY 183 North to FM 1431 West all the way to Burnet Texas.
Texas State Wildflower Day is celebrated every April 24th and Burnet Texas calls itself the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas” and hosts an annual Bluebonnet Festival the 2nd week in April.
Enjoy the explosion of bluebonnets this spring and remember you don’t mess with the Texas State Flower!
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