Wildflowers forum: Texas Bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis.

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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Mar 23, 2013 1:27 PM CST

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Texas Bluebonnet, Lupinus texesis.
This beautiful annual of the Fabaceae family is the most recognized Texas Native Wildflower.

It's fame is well deserved, for in April and into May it blankets fields and roadways in gorgeous shades of blue.

Mothers with their children as well as glamour girls, engaged couples and brides come to have their picture taken surrounded by a blanket of blooms.
These classic Texas photographs bring beautiful memories to last a lifetime.
People who have never seen a Bluebonnet are astounded at it's beauty, and artists compete to capture the beauty of a field full of Bluebonnets surrounded by mighty Oaks.

The Sandyland Bluebonnet, Lupinus subcarnosus became the Texas State Flower in 1901, and in 1971 the State Legislature made all other Bluebonnets the State Flower.

Four additional species were included in 1971:
Texas Bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis
Big Bend Bluebonnet, Lupinus havardi ( Endemic to Texas)
Dune Bluebonnet, Lupinus plattensis
Bajada Bluebonnet, Lupinus concinnus

Since then Lupinus texenis has been the most popular of all.

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Mar 25, 2013 4:06 PM CST

I love Buebonnets. I lived in Texas for a while and I remember seeing these oil paintings of Blue Bonnets

and I thought they
looked so fake. Nothing could be that blue. Then I saw my first real field of them and I said

"Wow those painting do not do the flower justice." You just gotta see them to believe them Lovey dubby



Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Mar 25, 2013 6:42 PM CST

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You are right, they are absolutely beautiful!!! Smiling
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Mar 26, 2013 7:15 AM CST

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beautiful pictures! I hope we see lots of them this spring.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Mar 26, 2013 8:35 AM CST
I like this new one, too. It is maroon, of course, since it was developed by Aggies. Hilarious!

Lupinus texensis 'Texas Maroon'
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/cemap/maroon/maroon.html
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Mar 26, 2013 11:32 AM CST

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Very nice in the maroon color too, but I think the blue is amazing!! Smiling
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