Monday, March 10, 2008

Texas Wildflowers


The bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis, is the state flower of Texas. The individual flower shape is similar to a woman's bonnet - thus the name. This cultivar is native only to Texas where you can enjoy its blooms in March and early April . Bluebonnets like well drained, light soil - so you can see why I'm so excited to have such a lovely volunteer in my heavy clay yard. I spread a few seed in one bed but very few germinated. Guess I'll have to head to Central Texas to really enjoy them! Click here for more info about bluebonnets and where they're blooming. You also may want to check out the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website. It's has great info on all kinds of wildflowers and other native plants.

6 comments:

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

I have one bluebonnet that's been blooming since December 15th. Just in the last couple of weeks the other more "normal" bluebonnets have joined it.

Jan said...

I have wanted to grow these for several years, but never found the time to plant seeds in the fall. This year I found plants at a nursery, so I am trying them to see if they will grow for me. I love the color.

Jan Always Growing

Mary Beth said...

MSS - Bluebonnets in December? It IS a Christmas miracle! How lucky you are to get to enjoy our state flower for 3 month. Am I ever jealous!

Jan - I have a hard time getting seeds into the ground at the right time - so I love it when I find those plants at the nursery! Enjoy your bluebonnets!

Katarina i Kullavik said...

i love bluebonnets and I had no idea they were the state flower of Texas! Thanks for enlightening me... /Katarina

Di DeCaire said...

I tried bluebonnets up here in NY. They really struggled along and I had to give up on them. The tall lupines do well though.

Meems said...

I had a dear friend living in TX for a couple of years before she was able to move back to FL. I adored seeing the blue bonnets when I visited her. Volumes of color and texture!
meems @ HoeandShovel