Spotted: An early season bluebonnet in Downtown Austin

Texas’ state flower is making its Austin appearance a bit early this year.

A close-up photo of a lone bluebonnet flower, poking out amid green grass.

City Editor London spotted this bluebonnet in Downtown Austin this week.

Photo by ATXtoday

The bluebonnets have arrived. We repeat: the bluebonnets have arrived.

We spotted our first bluebonnet of the season in Downtown Austin this week, in an unassuming patch of grass near West 3rd Street and North Lamar Boulevard.

If you’re wondering if the blooms are a little early, they are. Although it’s not unprecedented for Texas’ state flower to start its annual show in February, bluebonnet season typically begins in mid- to late March, peaking in early April.

The flowers also made an early appearance last year, which happens when warm, spring weather arrives early. (Of note: High temperatures are expected to break into the 80s next week.)

Curious about more local flora? Learn about Texas’ state mushroom or brush up on our local wildflowers.

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