Year of 2017

Blue on the Tracks
Bluebonnet wildflowers near Llano, Texas

It’s late in the season for scenes like this near Llano, Texas. But in early spring, and peaking in April, the bluebonnet bloom turns many fields in the Lone Star state into acres of vibrant blue. Texas native Lady Bird Johnson encouraged Texans to plant bluebonnets and other native flowers along their state’s highways. If you find yourself driving in Texas and notice flowers outside your window, thank the state’s Department of Transportation, which sows 33,000 pounds of wildflower seeds along 79,000 miles of roads each year.

Bluebonnet is a name given to any number of species of the genus Lupinus predominantly found in southwestern United States and is collectively the state flower of Texas. On March 7, 1901, Lupinus subcarnosus became the only species of bluebonnet recognized as the state flower of Texas; however, Lupinus texensis emerged as the favorite of most Texans. So, in 1971, the Texas Legislature made any similar species of Lupinus that could be found in Texas the state flower.
Belongs to: Faboideae
Symbol of: Texas