You know spring has arrived in Texas when the first delicate buds begin to blossom from the state’s famed wildflower — the mighty bluebonnet. And with the 2019 spring wildflower season predicted to be the state’s best in almost 10 years, you won’t have to look far to find fields of blue, especially in the Texas Hill Country.
Thanks for the beautiful blooms is primarily owed to the above-average rainfall the state experienced this past fall and winter, according to the Texas Bluebonnet and Wildflower Report.
Read on to discover Texas’ best places to see this beautiful flower in bloom.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
If you don’t want to leave finding a spectacular field of bluebonnets to luck, you’ll want to head to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. With over 900 species of plants native to Texas, including twenty common wildflowers, you’re sure to be awed by this impressive botanical garden.
Perdernales River Nature Park
Be sure to wear hiking shoes and bring your bike to explore this 222-acre park in Johnson City, which is home to brilliant displays of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush and pink evening primroses, as well as other Texas wildflowers.
There’s a reason Burnet is known as the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas — and it isn’t just because of the renowned Bluebonnet Festival. It’s common to see blooms lining the highways, making for a picturesque drive.
Willow City Loop
If scenic drives are your thing, you’ll want to get in your car and head to the 13-mile Willow City Loop, one of the best wildflower drives in the state. To get there, take Highway 16 north from Fredericksburg then turn east on Ranch Road 1323 to Willow City.
Did you know?
Rumor has it that it’s illegal to pick bluebonnets in Texas, and while it isn’t true, it is highly frowned upon. Take as many photos as you’d like, then leave the blooming beauties for others to enjoy.
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