Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Texas Wildflowers

Bluebonnets are the most popular Texas wildflowers and people travel for miles to view and photograph them. 

The Bluebonnets and Texas Paintbrush start blooming in the middle of March and usually peak around the second week of April.   As the Bluebonnets and Texas Paintbrush are fading the Indian Blankets take over later in April through May.  The yellow border on this beautiful flower varies from a wide yellow border to none at all.  The Wine Cup, a dark purple-red or wine-colored wildflower, blooms from April through June in the Texas Hill Country area.

If you want to take photos among the blooms, either go to cultivated fields like the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin or Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, or ask the property owner before entering the field.  Take care not to crush or pick the flowers as it can kill the plant or they will not produce seeds for the next season.  Also, watch for snakes, especially poisonous ones like rattlesnakes or copperheads, as they enjoy the cool shade beneath the wildflowers.

To help you find the most scenic locations, visit www.txdot.gov , select “Travel”, then “Wildflowers”

Call TXDOT Wildflower Hotline 800-452-9292 for wildflower sightings across the state

Here are a couple of “wildflower” inspired wreaths in our spring collection…


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