Texas Bluebonnets: Drive the Willow City Loop

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Bluebonnets

Spring has arrived in Texas and the hills are alive with magnificent bluebonnets. With the  climatic conditions earlier this season the flowers are blooming in prime conditon.  Roadsides are lined with the Texas flower spreading beautiful blue colors to the horizon. The Texas bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas and can be widely seen  from March to May along the roadsides and uncultivated pastures throughout the state.

The photo above was taken just North of Fredericksburg on the Willow City Loop.  As one drives down this road for appoximately 15 miles there are an abundance of wildflowers in bloom through the rolling winding hills.  The road is a small country road and every Spring it comes alive with photographers and wildflower lovers enjoying the breathtaking beauty. The bluebonnets take over the sides of the roads, creep up the hills and down to the creeks and rocks cascading with their flowers as far as your eye will take you.

Bluebonnets

The Bluebonnet was involved in a political struggle to become the “State Flower”. In 1900 state government discussed several options for the official state flower. Many wanted the cotton boll, as at that time, cotton was a primary industry and source of income for the state. John Nance Gardner, a prominent politician, wanted the prickly pear bloom. The prickly pear has no economic value and in fact is considered a nuisance plant. John Nance Gardener, earned the name “Cactus Jack” as a result and the nick name remained with him throughout his life, including his stint as Speaker of the House and as the 32nd VP of the United States.

The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Texas (a powerful womens organizationat the time) lobbied for the bluebonnets as the state flower. They pointed out that the bluebonnets were native to the state, did not grow in other places and was is a beautiful flower. The debate for the state flower quickly became known as the “Bluebonnet War”. Finally, on March 7, 1901 the state legislature signed the bill declaring the bluebonnet as the State Flower of Texas.

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