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Our State Flower--The Bluebonnet
Favorite thing: "The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom is to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland". (quote by historian Jack Maguire)
I've been wanting to see a bluebonnet in its natural setting since we moved to Texas last year. Bluebonnets bloom in the early Spring and only grow naturally in Texas. There are five species.
There was alot of discussion in the early 1900's about which floral emblem should be selected for the state flower of Texas. Finally, in 1901 the National Society of Colonial Dames of America persuaded the Texas Legislature to choose the LUPINAS SUBCARNOSUS (commonly known as buffalo clover or bluebonnet).
However, there are four other subgroups of bluebonnets. After much discussion over the span of 70 years, the legislature decided to include ALL bluebonnets as the state flower. Call it a politically correct decision, but a decision it was.
*This information came from: http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/flowers/bluebonnet/bluebonnetstory.html
Close up of Indian Paintbrush
Favorite thing: Another wildflower that makes an appearance in the Spring in the Coastal Plain and the eastern half of Texas is the Indian Paintbrush. I think its so pretty! (Be sure to click on the additional photo for a field of flowers!)
It appears at the same time as the Texas Bluebonnet, but there can be years where the bluebonnets flourish and the paintbrushes have a mediocre year. Bloom time is from early March, peaking mid-April.
It's official name is CASTILLEJA INDIVISA and is a relative of the snapdragon. The bright color comes from 'bracts' not flower petals. These bracts are around and under inconspicuous flowers located on the upper third of the plant.
This plant likes open, sunny sites. It may also require a cold wet period in the winter in order to germinate. There are nine species native to Texas and can be seen in orangish-red and sometimes even yellow.
This information came from The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Favorite thing: I have really enjoyed searching out the wildflowers of Texas. As I drove along the backroads of Southlake, Texas I discovered this patch of Rose Mallow or Lavatera Trimestris.
Although a native to Europe, this flower has become naturalized in the southeastern United States. It grows in shades of white and rose, but I just love this pastel pink color.
Rose Mallow seems to grow in all types of soil and in full sun or partial shade. The blooms can grow to four inches across, but the complex root system makes it difficult to transplant.
Some people are able to grow them along walls or fences and in mass plantings. They bloom between June-September. I found them in the Spring!
Thanks to the efforts of Lady Bird Johnson, the wildflowers of Texas are widespread and deeply appreciated!
Indian Blanket Flower
Favorite thing: It's May now in Texas and these pretty orange and yellow flowers are blooming along the roadside just about everywhere in the Metroplex area, blossoming from May-September.
They're called Indian Blanket Flowers and they grow to a range of 4 -24 inches tall. The colorful blooms can be 1 to 3 inches across. It's officially known as gaillardia pulchella.
When I first saw these wildflowers, they reminded me of those we used to have growing in our garden in Pennsylvania. Sure enough, as I was gathering information on them I found that they were related.
I like this bright wildflower because it's so cheery in appearance.
FYI: Indian Blanket is the state flower of Kansas
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