The updates of bluebonnets locations are at the end of this post.
So what’s the big thing in Texas during late March and the month of April? Bluebonnets!!!
Bluebonnets (AKA Lupinus subcarnosus) are wild flowers which only grow in Texas. As historian Jack Maguire put it “It’s not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat.” He also affirmed “The bluebonnet to Texas is what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.” Although it’s been told that it is illegal to pick the bluebonnets in Texas, it isn’t. On March 7th, 1901 the Twenty-seventh Texas Legislature adopted the bluebonnet as the state flower. In 1930s, the Texas Highway department began a landscaping and beautification program and due to this program’s efforts that the bluebonnets now grow along most major highways throughout the state extended all the way to Mexico.
Another flower that blooms at the same time with bluebonnets and compliment them so well is Indian Paintbrush (AKA Castilleja indivisa). You can find these two flowers either grow blending amongst each other or in separate fields. The vibrant orange color of Idian Paintbrush and the blue/white of bluebonnets make the drive in Texas beautiful during March and April.
While visiting the field of Bluebonnets, please keep in mind not to destroy these beautiful delicacies, many stories go around the bluebonnets and a lot of them are unpleasant. A few things to keep in mind:
1- Do not pick or step on the bluebonnets: Some said it is illegal to pick the bluebonnets (however it isn’t) but it is also a nice courtesy to allow others enjoy the bit of nature in the beautiful spring of Texas who come after you. It’s not first come first serve, it is let us all enjoy what nature provides us.
2- Do not trespass people’s private property: Jumping over someone’s fence is trespassing and IT IS ILLEGAL. Please respect people’s wishes. It is their private property, it is their bluebonnets they grow. Having bluebonnets in their private property doesn’t warrant you access into their backyard/frontyard.
3- Be Safe: I have seen people just stop along the state highways or interstates so they can take out all of their kids for photos. Please be sure to park in a place where cars are away from the high speed highways. The little ones are quick and sometimes it only takes a few second for them to lose their mind and run off. Please please be careful.
Here are locations of the bluebonnet sightings 2016 as of April 13:
- Highway 281 & CO Rd 103
- We highly recommend #FM1431 west of #MarbleFalls to #Kingsland and on to #Highway29.
- Kyle, TX on fm 1626 by Plum Creek division
- Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival
- We highly recommend #FM965 north of #EnchantedRock State Park in the #TexasHillCountry.
- Eleanor Tinsley Park on Allen parkway, Houston, TX
- Hwy I-20 and Wheatland Rd (DFW)
- Terry Hershey park in Houston (it might not be available this week)
- #Killeen Peeps! Y’all still got bluebonnets on Stan Schlueter Loop
- Texas Hill Country: HW 16 between Goldthwaite and Fredericksburg, HW 71 between Llano and Brady, CR501 between Pontotoc and Lometa, and CR574 west from Goldthwaite.
- Texas Hill Country: If you’re in the #TexasHillCountry and looking for a #bluebonnet field instead of roadside bluebonnets, #TurkeyBend Recreation Area off #Fm1431 is a sweet, little field.
- Mansfield Tx in the Lone Star Exit
- For those in the #Brenham area trying to avoid the crowds, give this area a try. It’s outside the Bellville area, SW of the Brenham area, FM 2754 at 159 (159 runs between Bellville & Industry)
- In Ennis, TX off of the Bluebonnet Trail off of Union Hill Road
- Tigerpoint Road and FM389
- behind Philips Veterinary Hospital
5375 US-290, Brenham, TX 77833
- Along Legacy Dr near Dallas Parkway
- Pace Bend Park
- Round Rock
- Hope y’all enjoy, I will try to update the list one more time in the coming week.