You’ve probably heard a country song or two signing about bluebonnets… but unless you’re from Texas, I bet you didn’t know it’s their state flower. Here in the great state of Texas, many wildflowers bloom each spring, but the Texas bluebonnet is praised and loved most. Between all the bluebonnet festivals, family portraits, and scenic drives, it’s safe to stay that every self-respecting Texans can recognized bluebonnets from any other spring bloom.
Andrew and I started on my birthday road trip (more details coming soon) when we stopped in Ennis, Texas, the bluebonnet capital of Texas, for the evening to see the famous bluebonnets for the first time. Ennis is a small town in Texas known for their bluebonnets each year. “In 1997, the Texas Legislature named Ennis the Texas Bluebonnet Trail and the official bluebonnet city of Texas. Every April, up to 100,000 people flock to the Ellis County town. It’s home to 40 miles of roadsides covered with wildflowers.” We just followed the bluebonnet trail signs and found a beautiful field of bluebonnets. They were in full bloom and the weather was perfect!
The bluebonnet flower was adopted as the official state flower by the Texas Legislature in 1901. Bluebonnets usually bloom in early March, hit their peak in late March to mid-April. Here is a great link to find the best bluebonnet trails in Texas! Most bluebonnets are blue and white, but the flowers actually come in varying shades of pink, purple, and white as well.
“The legend of the Bluebonnets… As two young children play in a field of wildflowers just outside of San Antonio, one of them spots a white bluebonnet and the other notices a pink bluebonnet amidst all of the standard blue blooms. They ask their grandmother why the flowers are colored differently than the rest and she answers wise that the white flower represents the Lone Star on the Texas flag and that the pink flower grows in honor and remembrance of the brave soldiers who gave their lives for Texas independence at the Alamo. “If the white ones are special, then the pink ones mean even more,” she said.
If that legend is any indication, the bluebonnet has become rooted in Texas’ very identity, intertwined with themes like Texans’ characteristic stubborn independence and heart. It’s like historian Jack Maguire once wrote: the bluebonnet is “a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat… The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.”” – Rebecca L. Bennet
Did you know Texas has a state flower song? It's "Bluebonnets." In 1933, the Texas Legislature adopted the song, which was written by Laura D. Booth and Lora C. Crockett.
It’s safe to say, Texans are proud of their beautiful state flower. Can we blame them?! Bluebonnets are beautiful!
Have you ever seen a field of bluebonnets?!