Springtime lures us to the open road. There are several worthwhile drives where wildflowers are plentiful. Central Texas Driving Routes is a good site to check out.
Highway 16 both north and south of Llano is stunning with miles and miles of Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) and Indian Paintbrushes (Castilleja indivisa). The large sweeps of color takes one’s breath away.
A Wine Cup (Callirhoe involucrata) flutters in the chilly wind. These flowers close each evening and remain permanently shut after pollination. The heat of summer causes the entire plant to die back. This hardy Texas native will return in the spring and sometimes again in the fall. It prefers full sun in either gravelly or sandy soils.
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