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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bluebonnets "State Flower of Texas"





These photos of bluebonnets were taken on a drive from Corpus Christi to San Antonio on March 14, 2010.
The drive was absolutely stunning with all the beautiful wild flowers in bloom! Instead of a 2 1/2 - 3 hour drive we made it last about 4 hours, stopping many times along the way to take photos! I even had my daughter and son-in-law taking some! It was a wonderful spent with family! Photos were taken with a Nikon D5000 18-55mm lens.

Bluebonnets are a hardy winter annual native to Texas. Adopted as the "State Flower of Texas", this is the most commonly seen variety along roadsides and in uncultivated pastures throughout the state. Flowers are densely arranged on a spike with a characteristic ice white terminal tip. Bluebonnets cannot tolerate poorly drained, clay based soils. Seed planted in poorly drained soils will germinate, but plants will never fully develop. Seedlings will become either stunted or turn yellow and soon die. The prefer a sloped area in light to gravelly, well-drained soil, and require full sun.

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