We were on our way home from my husband’s work and decided at the last minute to pull over and take some pictures in the field of bluebonnets. Other cars followed suit and pulled over too. It was awesome. So glad this tradition is still going strong here in North Texas. Here are Real Facts About Texas Bluebonnets and making memories.
Real Facts About Texas Bluebonnets
I don’t remember the bluebonnets looking this pretty. If I hadn’t gone to my husband’s work, I probably would have missed out on these photos and memories. Bluebonnets don’t stay around long, so if you spot them, pull over, but be super careful, and take some pictures. If interested, here’s an article on Choosing the Right Plant for Your Garden which bluebonnets would be great – if you can grow them!
Facts About Texas Bluebonnets
- The 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. Mexicans refer to this flower as el Conejo. These varieties grow in the western, southern, and eastern regions of Texas.
- Texas bluebonnets are both perennials and annuals. In warmer climates, they are perennials. Though they tend to bloom more successfully in warmer climates, Texas bluebonnets can also be grown as annuals in colder climates in areas with full sun 8 to 10 hours a day.
- These beautiful bonnets, named for their color and shape, bloom in clusters. The most common variety has flowers that are vivid royal blue, while the florets have white tips. Some varieties are pink and white. Each floret on the bluebonnet plant looks like a small bonnet. The plants grow 1 to 2 feet tall.
- You will find them in fields and along the roadside in their native Texas soil, though it is possible to cultivate them in your garden. Bluebonnets can grow 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 overwater these flowers. If you want to grow bluebonnets in pots, make sure the containers drain well. It is easier to grow bluebonnets from transplants than from seeds.