Texas Bluebonnets

Every Spring, God carpets the state of Texas in blue. But it wasn’t until March 7, 1901 that the Texas legislature adopted the bluebonnet as the official State Flower of Texas.

What interests me, beyond the flat-out stunning beauty of the little wildflower also known as buffalo clover, is that one woman spearheaded the movement to have the humble Texas lupine exalted to this place of honor. She united the efforts of simple citizens and, in the end, won out over more powerful interests.

Teaching Tip #1: Bluebonnets are an ever-popular backdrop for family photos. Make time to do this! Photography is a legitimate art form that could be part of your students’ fine arts education.

Teaching Tip #2: Did you know bluebonnets are biennials? That (plus temperatures and rainfall) explains why we have an abundant show one year and a so-so show the next.

Teaching Tip #3: See who can spot the first blooming bluebonnet! Depending on the weather, the first blooms usually show up in March or early April. My personal record sighting, though, was Valentine’s Day.  After a spell of unseasonably warm weather one year, I found a single flower blooming in the warm breeze created by the compressor of our church’s heating ventilation system.

If you’d like to leave the date of your first sighting in the comment section, please be sure to tell us where you saw the flowers. In South Texas, blooms may appear two or three weeks before they do in the northern part of the state.