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.
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.