Texas State Flower
- Botanical name: Lupinus texensis.
- Proclaimed the state flower in 1901.
- Texas state wildflower day is celbrated every April 24th.
- Burnet, Texas calls itself the "Bluebonnet Capitol of Texas" and hosts an annual bluebonnet Festival the 2nd week in April.
- Bluebonnet trivia: It's also known as buffalo clover, wolf (from the Latin Lupius) and el coneo (the rabbit).
- Killeen Flower Delivery
The Texas state flower is so loved throughout the state than Texans feel it's as much a part of the local culture as Steson hats and cowboy boots. In the very early days of Texas herritage, missionaries gathered wild seeds from native Texas Bluebonnets and planted the around their missionaries, adding to the myth that the plant was brought from europe with the early settlers. Bluebonnetss are mentioned in pre-Columbian Native American folktales, and there is solid evidence that the flower is a native species.
Named fro their color and shape that is similar to a sunbonnet, bluebonnets blossom along roadsides and in fields starting in March and reach full maturity in April of each year all throughout central and the souther part of Texas.
Most sources currently list Lupinus texenis as the Texas State Flower, the state of Texas expanded the definition in 1971 to include all native species of bluebonnets. Most of the varieties are indistinguishable from one another and blanket the roadsides and fields for a good period in the springtime, but the two main species Lupius texensis and Lupinis subcamosis grow only in Texas, earning the bluebonnets recognition as the state flower.
Texas was the first state to plant flowers alongside the highways, so bluebonnets are constant companions to drivers in the spring as people travel throughout central and south Texas Hill Country. Throughout central and south Texas there are established Bluebonnet trails in areas where bluebonnets are very prevelant, especially around Killeen. Flower lovers from Killeen, Harker Heights, Fort Hood and the surrounding area can be found following these trails in the spring for pictures and picnics among the bluebonnets.
About 60 miles from Killeen, TX is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center based in Austin Texas. Open to the public are 16 gardens of native and wildflowers. Many educational events are held there for flower and plant lovers. it goes without saying that the bluebonnet is well represented at the Center.