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Bluebonnet Babes

We want to see the bluebonnets from around the falls through your lens!  Share your favorites bluebonnet pictures of kids, pets, family, or just the state flowers themselves on our Facebook page for a chance to be featured on our website and Dish!  

Here are a few facts you may not know about our state flower.

Bluebonnets have been the state flower of Texas since 1901 and are a welcome sign of spring along roads and in pastures.  If you are a native-born Texan or have been here long, you know pictures in the bluebonnets are a childhood tradition.

They come from small, gravel-like seeds that lay dormant for months or years before seedlings sprout up in October, growing in winter then blooming in spring.  A true Texas flower, they hold up well to frost and freeze in our unpredictable winters.  Typically blue, they are also rarely found in shades of white, pink, and maroon.

So, is it really illegal to pick a bluebonnet in Texas?  The truth is, it isn't technically illegal to pick a bluebonnet, it is illegal to venture onto private property for photos or picking without permission.  The idea of not picking them on public property is to protect them from disrupting their lifecycles or leaving bald patches in the blanket of blue.  The best thing to do is enjoy and leave them for other Texans to enjoy as well.

Safety Precautions: Be careful when in rural areas especially if crouching or sitting for photos.  Bluebonnets can be dense and make a great shelter for snakes, ants, and other animals.  Be sure to obey posted signs and not trespass onto private property without the owner's permission.  If stopping on the side of a busy road or interstate, be sure to find a safe place to park far off on the shoulder.  Did you know Bluebonnets can be deadly?  They are toxic to humans and animals if ingested.  If you are exploring with children or pets, be sure to keep an eye on them.
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