Picking bluebonnets is legal across the state, though some Texas cities ban it by ordinance. Still, a safe bet is “grow your own,” said Dr. Larry Stein.
Known as a biannual, bluebonnets germinate in the fall but bloom in the spring, he said. Fall is the best time to plant them, and with heavier fall rains, bluebonnets germinate well. Their seeds are known for a hard coat that can take years to germinate naturally, Stein explained. But seeds scarified to grow when planted are readily available online.
Often, the most prolific displays of color are seen alongside roads and highways.
Stein said picking the flower on the side of the road is legal with the exception of certain cities. But the best policy is to avoid picking wildflowers altogether and to just grow them. At all costs, he said, avoid trespassing on private property.
Bluebonnets are a welcome sign of spring known throughout the state of Texas, and this year is no exception.
The blooming season tends to last about six weeks. This year started early, at the end of January and beginning of February; whereas they are typically seen closer to March.
Different colors of bluebonnets include pink, white, red and maroon, Stein explained. However, in order to maintain one specific color, isolate the color and pull out the other colors around it.
With the fall’s abundant rains and a bluebonnet’s natural ability to withstand formidable winters, this year’s show has been nothing short of spectacular, Stein said.
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