It’s that time when wildflowers start to pop up along the roadsides. Texans’ pride puff up. What a joyous sight.
Nothing says Texas wildflower like the native Bluebonnets. Five species of Lupinus grow in Texas, and all have been designated as the state flower. The most common species is Lupinus texensis, the Texas bluebonnet, which starts flowering in mid-March.
As historian Jack Maguire so aptly wrote, “It’s not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat. The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.”
Further up the slope is the lavender colored Prairie Verbena.
Another mystery – the yellow flower covered fields in our area. A group of us at Garden Club were discussing them. No one knew their name. Someone thought they might be a type of mustard, but someone else disagreed.
Can any Texas name any of the yellow wildflowers shown in this blog?
“I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and best prospects for health I ever saw and I do so believe it is a fortune to any man to come here.” Davy Crockett