I got the Texas blues!

Consider yourself lucky if you get to travel to the Lone Star state this time of the year…its bluebonnet season!

The Texas bluebonnet became the official state flower of the Lone Star State in 1901.  Its scientific name is Lupinus texensis.  Other names for the Texas bluebonnet are buffalo clover and wolf flower.  Varieties grow in the western, southern and eastern regions of Texas.

Bluebonnets Grow Wild

  • Most commonly, you will find them in fields and along the roadside in their native Texas soil, though it is possible to cultivate them in your own garden. They can be grown in several regions, though they bloom best when they grow in Texas.

Cultivating Bluebonnets

  • Texas bluebonnets are members of the lupine family, and therefore prefer soil that is sandy and loose. For best results, do not over water these flowers. If you want to grow them in pots, make sure they drain well. It is easier to grow bluebonnets from transplants than from seeds.

Texas Bluebonnet Festival

  • Texans are so devoted to their state flower that there is an annual festival held in honor of the flower. The Texas Bluebonnet Festival takes place each spring in Chappell Hill, Texas. Chappell Hill is a small town with a population of approximately 600 residents. Vendors display their wares, which range from bluebonnet-themed jewelry to artworks inspired by the flower.

But you don’t have to travel far to find these blue beauties…they are everywhere you look!
Information from e-How.com, ‘Facts on the Texas Bluebonnet‘.  Images from the roadside – just outside of Dallas – (my camera; just a few hours ago!)
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10 thoughts on “I got the Texas blues!

  1. Absolutely gorgeous!

  2. MIssing MY Texas Bluebonnets!

  3. Dear, Lee:

    Really like your imagery! I have a local client who covers central Texas with wireless internet in rural areas. They are NEXTLINK Internet, based in Weatherford. I’m looking for a good Spring pic of some Texas bluebonnets and came across yours. Would you give us permission to feature one of your images (above) on their site for Spring? We’d be happy to provide a photo credit for you. Thanks for your consideration,

    —Greg

  4. Scarlett Flynn

    Hello Lee! Like Greg above, I LOVE your bluebonnet pics and would love to have permission to use on a new website I’m creating. I would also definitely add a credit and link to your site if that would be ok. Thank you!

  5. Thank you! Do you mind my asking what type of site?

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