Love the color blue? Then it’s time to travel to Texas where they are having the biggest bluebonnet bloom in years.
“This record-setting bloom should last for another two to three weeks, so plan your trip to the Texas Big Bend soon,” writes Texas Hill Country.
On March 7, 1901, the bluebonnet was named Texas’ state flower, and for good reason. Every spring, the countryside is blanketed in fields of blue, namely in the counties of Burnet and Llano, which are known as the “Bluebonnet Co-Capitals of Texas.”
As for Big Bend National Park, they haven’t seen a bloom like this in decades.
The bluebonnet found throughout other parts of Texas differs from the bluebonnet found in Big Bend. Big Bend’s bluebonnet, the Chisos Bluebonnet, can reach up to four feet tall.
You typically see this variety of bluebonnet bloom about 3 weeks earlier than other bluebonnets.
Before spring even arrived, locals were predicting a bigger and brighter bloom than they’d seen in a while.
According to the Texas Bluebonnet & Wildflower Report, blooms arrived earlier this year for a few key reasons. For one, there was a lot of heavy rain at the beginning of this year, as well as late last year in October.
Secondly, warmer temperatures followed earlier than usual. If temperatures begin to rise in March it encourages plant stalks to grow.
“Usually when the night-time temperatures are averaging 50 to 60 F, bluebonnet plants will increase plant growth and send out bloom stalks,” the annual report reads.
There was a lot of sunshine this month, which is great for sun-hungry bluebonnets. When it’s cloudy, roots are more prone to diseases. If the root/stem becomes diseased, an entire crop of bluebonnets can be wiped out.
In addition, there were less competing vegetation this year. In previous years, plants like the giant common mustard (Rapistrum rugosum) have overwhelmed entire fields, overcoming native wildflowers.
The topography and soil were ideal this year, as well. Bluebonnets aren’t that picky about soil, but they do prefer soil that drains well and contains less clay content.
The last bloom worth bragging about occurred in 2010.
Typically, bluebonnets bloom between March and May. Hence, why Texas State Wildflower Day is April 24.
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The most popular spots to view wildflowers in the state of Texas include:
- Big Bend (Brewster and Presidio Counties)
- Brenham Area (Austin, Grimes, Waller, Fayette, Washington Counties)
- North Central: Ennis (Ellis County) and Cedar Hill areas
- Hill Country: Blanco, Burnet, Gillespie, Mason, Llano, and San Saba Counties
- South Texas: De Witt, Guadalupe, Atascosa, and Gonzales Counties
In Big Bend, flowers bloomed around 14 to 40 days earlier than usual. This has a lot to do with above average rainfall in the area last October.
Big Bend National Park remains one of the most beautiful places to spot the epic blooms. For one, their variety of the flower is larger than others found throughout the state.
Located in southwest Texas, Big Bend encompasses the entire Chisos mountain range along with a large portion of the Chihuahuan Desert.
The massive park offers a lot of different things to see and do. The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive offers a chance to see the ruins of Sam Nail Ranch, which is overrun with desert wildlife.
The Santa Elena Canyon, which has been carved by the Rio Grande, is a striking beauty with its sharp limestone cliffs.
There’s also Langford Hot Springs near the Mexican border, where you can travel back in time looking at ancient pictographs and the foundations of an old bathhouse.
“Last weekend was an amazing time in Big Bend to see the explosion of bluebonnets lining the roads and hillsides,” landscape photographer Cathy Alba captioned the above photo on Instagram.
“It really is hard to photograph the true beauty of them and capture how they bloom as far as the eye can see,” she adds.
“Drove down towards Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend and saw these bluebonnets on the side of the road with the canyon in the background and a couple of cows in the water,” Cathy Alba captioned the above photo.
In other flower-related news, California is experiencing a similar super bloom of poppies and so many people are flocking to see them it’s causing all kinds of trouble for one small city.