Hill Country in Bloom

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.

hwy16cHighway 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.

hwy16bThe only disappointment was that there are very few places to pull over because the shoulders of the road are very narrow.




hwy16fThe entrance to this old cemetery had a nice wide open area to park.  The name of the cemetery is a little disconcerting, but surely ‘Head’ is a family name.

hwy16gMore flowers inside the cemetery.

hwy16hPretty little flowers that I think are Vinca Majors.

hwy16iA 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.

hwy16jWhile I was taking photos of the wildflowers, my husband walked around reading headstones.


hwy16lButtercups are in the large family of Ranunculus.  They usually bloom in April and May, but they may bloom all summer when conditions are right.

hwy16mThe light faded out the colors of the Indian Paintbrushes.

hwy16aThe drive is all about the stunning displays of wildflowers.  There are other places of interest, but we only took time for lunch and viewing the flowers.

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