A guide to Texas wildflowers

The stories behind some of these blooms may surprise you.

A close-up of bluebonnets

Texas’ most iconic flower can be found throughout Austin in the springtime.

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It’s the most beautiful time of the year in Texas: wildflower season.

To commemorate the occasion, here’s a crash course on some of the state’s most commonly found blooms.

Bluebonnets | We’ll start with the most iconic flowers in the field. You probably know bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas, but did you know TxDOT has been cultivating them along state highways since the 1930s?

Pink Evening Primrose | These flowers aren’t always pink. In fact, they’re more commonly found to be white in the northern part of the state.

A close-up image of a Firewheel flower, which has yellow tipped petals that fade to dark red in the center.

Firewheels bloom throughout springtime into summer.

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Firewheels | According to legend, these flowers were once all-yellow, until widespread destruction of Aztec communities by Spanish conquistadors permanently stained them red.

Texas Indian Paintbrush | These red “petals” on these plants — which can be found as far north as Alaska — are actually bracts, a type of leaf.

Learn more from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and follow the season with @TexasWIldflowerWatch on Instagram.

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