As our Yankee neighbors are buried in snow, the Midwest is blanketed in all manner of ice and wintery mess, and even parts of Texas have felt the icy chill of winter, we’re here to say — we’re ready for Spring. Enough is enough, Old Man Winter. It’s time to bow out and make way for our favorite persona of Springtime: The Lady in Blue. Also known as buffalo clover, the wolf flower, or simply: bluebonnets.
Since 1901, the Bluebonnet has been the official state flower of Texas. It’s been a part of Native American legends, has it’s own theme song, and blankets the Lone Star State starting in late March/early April. However, there is a little bit of a caveat to calling the Bluebonnet the Texas State flower because technically, in 1971 the Texas Legislature named all species of the Bluebonnet as the Texas state flower. With such a wide variety of bluebonnet species in the Lone Star State, Texas essentially has six official state flowers instead of just one!
In keeping with true Texan (and American) pride, this bold flower boasts red, white, and blue bonnets on it’s stems — a testament that this land sows, reaps and inspires patriotism, even with the little flower that speckles the countryside every Spring. And they all count as bluebonnets, regardless of color or size.
Keep your eyes peeled as Spring approaches to see if you can spot these faithful ambassadors of springtime. Remember you can be looking for bluebonnets with red or white bonnets too! Maybe you can start a trend of taking your family photos in a field of white bluebonnets? Why not? They’re still the Texas state flower!