Going Wild for Wildflowers

Posted on Friday, April 2, 2021

With arctic temperatures that left many with dead landscaping, many questioned if February’s winter blast would do the same to the famed Texas wildflower season.

It looks like just the opposite is happening.

According to a recent news report, the snow acted as a blanket for the wildflower seeds, watering them as they melted. Steady rain and temperatures below 80 degrees will ensure a blooming spring.

Bluebonnets are the talk of every wildflower season, but while these blankets of blue are beautiful, they aren’t the only color that will be popping up this spring. A plentiful season means fiery Indian Blankets, pale purple Prairie Verbena and the Pink Evening Primrose that only opens its soft petals as the sun goes down. Those wanting to identify the colorful flowers that can be seen along highways, at nature centers and even in our own yards can learn more by checking out this wildflower field guide.

Whether you decide to visit any of the spectacular wildflower locales such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center in southwest Austin, Fredericksburg Wildseed Farms, Burnet for the famed Bluebonnet Festival or just drive along Highway 290 toward Brenham and College Station, you’ll want to make sure you’re playing it safe while enjoying the scenery:

  • When parking, pull completely off the road going with the traffic, rather than against.
  • Watch for snakes and other wildlife that might be taking cover in the tall grass. Walk with loud, strong steps — the noise might frighten them away.
  • Avoid picking the wildflowers. It’s not technically against the law (unless inside a state park), but it is frowned upon.

We can’t wait to see everyone’s Instagram pages blooming with wildflower photos!

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