Wild for Wildflowers!

Nathan Riggs

Thanks to wonderful rains last fall and early this spring, wildflowers across South Texas are producing one of the most spectacular displays in recent years.

Texas is known far and wide for its vast fields of bluebonnets (the State flower) and colorful palates of yellow, pink, purple, orange, red and white flowers from March through June.

Here are some of the best areas to go wildflower hunting:

  • The Texas Hill Country: drive north and northwestward from San Antonio on any highway or country road toward Blanco, Boerne, Austin, Fredericksburg and Kerrville and enjoy field after field of color. Wildseed Farms near Fredericksburg has many fields of wildflowers being grown for seed that are stunning to view throughout the spring and early summer months.
  • The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin is a great place to visit and learn about Texas native wildflowers and plants. There are even plants for sale.
  • The Coastal Plains: drive south from San Antonio along IH-37, US 281, or Highway 16 to see fields of bluebonnets, prickly poppies, winecups and Indian paintbrushes at their best.
  • East and Southeast Texas: driving east and northeast from San Antonio toward Houston or College Station will bring fields of yellow wild mustard, Indian paintbrushes and waves of deep blue bluebonnets.
  • Far West Texas: The Big Bend area of Texas is usually the first to burst with color and the native lupines (a perennial species of bluebonnet) are a beautiful variation on the bluebonnet theme.

For more information on where the wildflowers are popping in Texas, visit the Wildflower Sightings website and plan your next weekend trip to admire the beauty that is Texas!

And, we want to see your wildflower photos and post them on GardenStyleSA! Send your high-resolution pictures to GardenStyleSA@saws.org and maybe they’ll be displayed in our wildflower gallery.

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