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Wildflowers in the Heart of Texas

by Ami Grazi

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Bluebonnets and cactus
Bluebonnet with Cactus
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Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, pink evening primrose, scarlet phlox, wild plum, wine cups, rain lilies and other spectacular blooms carpet the fields and roadsides throughout Central Texas right now (April), making this the perfect time to set out to see the sights. Whether your road trip has a destination or is an end unto itself, whether you pack a picnic or stop at delightful little cafes along the way, whether you make it a day trip or escape for the weekend, the important thing is to do it! Off of the couch, away from the TV, and out into fresh clean country air, warmed by welcome sunlight, with gentle breezes wafting wildflower fragrances. This year, it seems all the wildflowers are blooming at once, rather than in waves of progressive wildflower patterns as in most years. Recent rains have encouraged everything to blossom simultaneously.

Where to go? Pick your personal favorite or try them all. The Blackland Prairie and Post Oak Savannah lands east of I-35 have miles of rolling green flatland with a profusion of early blooming bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush, creating dazzling, long lasting displays. Get out as soon as possible to Elgin, Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Lockhart, Smithville, Luling, Giddings, Gonzales, Cuero, Hallettsville, LaGrange, Schulenburg, Wharton and Washington County. Highways 71 and183 are memorable, get off on the side roads for even more beautiful wildflower displays. 

South Central Texas has gone gold - huisache and huajia cover the wide-open spaces and gentle slopes, often sprinkled with a splash of bluebonnets or perky pink primroses.

The Hill Country offers endless vistas of blossoming peach trees sparked with vivid redbuds and bright yellow blooms. Take Hwy 290 west of Austin to Johnson City and Fredericksburg, with a detour through the Willow City Loop.

Hwy 281 is a personal favorite alternative to over-crowded I-35 at any time, but an abundance of wildflowers this spring makes it even more enjoyable. Marble Falls already has bountiful bluebonnets, and Blanco is absolutely beautiful right now. East of Blanco and west of Austin, Wimberley is another wildflower haven in the hills, and wildflower artists will be opening their studios around the Highland Lakes throughout April.


For up-to-the-minute wildflower viewing information, call
Texas Department of Transportation - 800-452-9292

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