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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 23, 2010 7:49 AM CST
Well, first we have to have the famous Texas Bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis. If anyone else has the other native bluebonnets, post a pic.

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sandnsea2
Jul 1, 2012 10:34 AM CST
A non gardener I know from Texas called this a weed. I was horrified. If Ladybird could hear that she would cringe.....
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Jul 1, 2012 10:48 AM CST

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If Ladybird could hear it, it would be a miracle! Whistling
Name: Janice
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Jul 1, 2012 11:05 AM CST
Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Jul 1, 2012 11:08 AM CST
It made me think, is that what the general public thinks when they see swaths of flowers? Blinking
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Name: Monica
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krancmm
Jul 1, 2012 11:31 AM CST
sandnsea2 said:It made me think, is that what the general public thinks when they see swaths of flowers? Blinking


Yes and No. Some folks, even gardeners, in my area think that anything that is prolific (even invasive, like Tallow Tree, Japanese Honeysuckle or Ligustrum) must be native because it's everywhere Shrug!

Public education, invasive eradication needed.
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Jul 1, 2012 12:19 PM CST
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mcash70
Jul 1, 2012 1:13 PM CST
Very similar lupines grow wild here, I think they are pretty. Green Grin!
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jul 1, 2012 3:45 PM CST
Some people in Texas have a yearly thing they do. They wait until bluebonnets are blooming a lot somewhere, then they go there to take photos, especially when they have kids. The annual bluebonnet photo op. You see people are asking others or going online asking where the best local bluebonnet sites are. Never mind that there are lots of other wildflowers in Texas, spring, summer and fall. And yes, people would be shocked at how many of the plants in the wild or along roads are not native. Grasses, trees, wildflowers, every category of plant. Few would know the difference. I'm into native plants and many times even I am wondering about a plant...native or nonnative? Did it grow in Texas several hundred years ago or was in introduced recently? If it's not native, is it at least not invasive in the extreme? Hopefully, not like kudzu, which the government thought would be a good thing to bring in, but ended up being very harmful. I'm not against having nonnative plants...I have quite a lot, but I seek out natives the most.
krancmm said:

Yes and No. Some folks, even gardeners, in my area think that anything that is prolific (even invasive, like Tallow Tree, Japanese Honeysuckle or Ligustrum) must be native because it's everywhere Shrug!

Public education, invasive eradication needed.


I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jul 1, 2012 3:45 PM CST
Double-posted.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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Name: Kodom087
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Dikodomy
Dec 9, 2012 11:35 AM CST
I bought some Texas "Aggie" Maroon Bluebonnets last Spring. Planted some seeds from it this fall and can't wait to see the maroon color again this Spring.

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Dec 9, 2012 1:28 PM CST

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Thanks for posting those Aggie blooms! I have seeds I haven't planted yet! This was a great reminder to get them in the ground quickly before our first freeze.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 9, 2012 6:38 PM CST
Beautiful! Hopefully, we'll get rain so that more bluebonnet seedlings will make it to bloom in the spring! I just saw a forecast of 21° for Monday night here! Oh lordy!
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Justin
Mar 21, 2013 6:22 PM CST
First Bluebonnet flower seen this year! Smiling

Photos taken yesterday February 20, 2013, Victoria, Tx


But I don't know what species it is Sad Maybe Lupinus subcarnosus?
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 21, 2013 7:04 PM CST
Well, Lupinus subcarnosus is really what it looks like to me! Pretty! At least we're getting a bit more wildflowers now.
http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/bio406d/images/pics/fab/lupinus_su...
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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Justin
Mar 21, 2013 7:38 PM CST
Thanks Linda, I will try to do some more pictures.
Also I have some old pictures but they are on an external drive. I will try to submit them, too.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 21, 2013 10:45 PM CST
Justin, I notice there's no pictures of that species in the ATP database. It you could submit yours, that would be helpful!
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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Mar 22, 2013 3:49 PM CST
Great pictures. Mine have only foliage so far.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 22, 2013 4:09 PM CST

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Loop 360's median, in front of our subdivision, has them popping out all over. The hill at the entry here is starting to "blue up!"
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Justin
Mar 22, 2013 8:06 PM CST
LindaTX8 said:Justin, I notice there's no pictures of that species in the ATP database. It you could submit yours, that would be helpful!


I did it. I hope will be enough details to confirm the ID.
Justin

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