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Bluebonnets Are Popping Up All Over Texas

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Spring doesn’t officially begin until next week, but you wouldn’t know that from the bluebonnets that are popping up all over Texas.


You almost can’t take a drive without seeing the state flower.




A mild winter has led to the earlier than normal blooms according to Daphne Richards with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service.


“There so evident right now that even if there’s anything else blooming nearby, you’re going to notice those bluebonnets, because they’re coming in all at once in big blue swaths and they are definitely coming out in full force,” said Richards.


But be careful if you want to stop and take pictures.  Don’t trespass and check for snakes and ants.  It’s also best to avoid the busy highways.


“Pretty much any rural highway in Texas right now, you’re not gonna go wrong,” added Richards. “If you turn left or you turn right, you’re gonna come across some bluebonnets.”


In the weeks ahead, we’ll start seeing more Indian Paintbrush and Indian Blanket popping up across the state.


Steve joined the Texas Public Radio news team in 2009, and serves as TPR's Assistant News Director and afternoon anchor. You can hear him Monday-Friday from 3-7pm on KSTX 89.1 FM. Steve is a veteran of radio news in South Texas, having worked for commercial stations in the San Antonio area since the late 1980s.