Texas is Headed for a Pretty Good Bluebonnet Season This Year
Find out where these blue beauties are expected to bloom.
Texans can expect a pretty good crop of bluebonnets the spring, but should be prepared to head south for the best photo ops.
Dallas Morning News spoke with a number of experts, who explained that heavy summer rains, a dry fall and a cool winter all point to a particularly lush bluebonnet season in southern parts of the Lone Star state—at least there is one positive outcome from Hurricane Harvey.
Bluebonnet locations vary from year to year, so a hard freeze or too much (or too little) precipitation before the fall seeding stage can affect whether or not they'll return the following year.
Joe Marcus, a program coordinator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, told the Morning News that Hurricane Harvey's rain came at an ideal time for the biennial blooms. And the dry weather that followed the storm killed off a lot of other plants that compete with bluebonnet roots, helping them to grow and spread.
Bluebonnet season traditionally peaks in April and last through May. In the meantime, meteorologist David Finfrock advises keeping an eye on the weather, as temperature and rainfall between now and March could impact what we'll see this spring.
"If we get a good rain now, that's still early enough that the plants will respond," Finfrock noted.
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Daniel Cunningham, a horticulturist with Texas A&M AgriLife in Dallas, said the fact that you can already see basal rosettes—the leafy green base of the bluebonnet flower— is a good sign for springtime blooms. "I wouldn't say it's a big year, but I wouldn't say it's a light year," he added.