Overwhelmingly found in the southwestern pieces of the United States, permit us to officially acquaint you with the official state flower of Texas, the bluebonnet. Named after the hoods worn by pioneer ladies to safeguard them from the sun, the bluebonnet typifies both excellence and balance. As the great state flower of Texas, one among the foremost popular symbolic references of the bluebonnet is Texas-pride.
History of Bluebonnet:
Multiple stories tie into the arrival of the very first bluebonnet in Texas. One of these stories actually comes from a history professor at the University of North Texas, Randolph Campbell. Campbell has been teaching at UNT for several years. On top of teaching history, he also is the chief historian for the Texas State Historical Association. In his book “Gone to Texas,” Campbell tells the story of Spain getting into the Albuquerque area (present-day New Mexico) within the early 1700s. A lot of missionary work was taking place during this time between religious leaders, leading to strange occurrences revolving around a Spanish nun named María de Jesús de Agreda. Agreda was a member of the Poor Clares Order of Franciscan nuns and someone that the Jumano Indians claimed mysteriously seemed to them in Texas.
“She was wearing a blue cloak over her nun’s habit,” says Campbell. They called her the ‘Lady in the Blue.'”
The Jumano Indians claimed to possess learned about Christianity from her, specifically the symbol of the cross.
María de Jesús de Agreda claimed to possess , miraculously, physically appeared in two places directly – Texas and New Mexico – without ever leaving her convent in Spain. The Texas legend concerning the “Lady within the Blue” came from the Jumano Indians, who said that the nun’s spirit left behind something blue and powerful in their fields.
“The Indians said that on the morning after her last visit, they awoke to find a field of covered with flowers that were deep blue – the color of her cloak,” Campbell said. “They call this the legend of the primary Texas bluebonnets.”
The bluebonnet has now been the Texas state flower for over 116 years!
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Texas has five types of bluebonnets,
- Lupinus subcarnosus,
- L. havardii,
- L. concinnus,
- L. perennis, and
- L. plattensis,
the smaller one Lupinus subcarnosus and the showier, larger Lupinus texensis being the most popular.
Related to pea plants, they’re native to Texas and the southwest, and consist of clusters of mildly fragrant blooms on three- to six-inch stems. They’re annual plants, meaning they are going from seed to flower and back again, germinating within the fall and winter before bursting forth—and spreading—again each spring.
Why the name? People think they resemble old-fashioned women’s bonnets.
It’s also been called buffalo clover, wolf flower and el conejo, or rabbit in Spanish.
The blooms are mostly indigo, though bluebonnets also are available reminder pink and white. From mid-March to April, they pop out, bookended by other seasonal flowers— pristine white prickly poppies, dreamy evening primroses, lavender-hued Texas thistles.
The scent of those blossoms has been diversely described; many of us say they provide off no scent in the least , while a couple of have described the scent as 'sickly sweet'. Bluebonnet seeds have a tough outer shell to guard from dry conditions because the plant grows better in moist years. It grows to about two feet tall. it takes years for bluebonnet seeds to germinate. The plants reseed each season. The tan, fuzzy pods turn brown, fall off and seeds begin to spread.
Bluebonnet as Official Flower of Texas State;
After a heated flower war in 1901, the National Society of Colonial Dames of America successfully convinced the Texas legislature to settle on the bluebonnet, a reputation that paid homage to the many brave Texas pioneer women.
The first flower nominated was the cotton which was chosen because cotton is symbolic of Texas’s economic independence and growth. Shortly after, a legislature dubbed “Cactus Jack,” nominated the pear cactus for its hardiness and strength. Horrified by the ugly flower choices, the National Society of Colonial Dames of America nominated the bluebonnet. Although cotton was likely to pass, the ladies who made up the National Society of Colonial Dames of America wouldn't go down without a fight. They displayed paintings of bluebonnets on the ground of the legislature and made floral arrangements of bluebonnets to adorn each politician’s desk the day of the voting. Sure enough, the bluebonnets were ready to win the vote with its striking beauty.
While the Lupinus subcarnosus species was originally chosen, it also happened to be the least attractive of the Bluebonnet varieties. As a result, in 1971, the legislature decided to settle the debate by combining all varieties of bluebonnets under the official state flower.
Although Bluebonnets started as a controversial decision for legislation because of its species variation, but now according to historian Jack Maguire, “the bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England, and therefore the tulip to Holland.”
When President Lyndon Johnson was in office, from 1963 to 1969, his wife "Lady Bird" made beautification and the seeding of wildflowers one of her prime points of focus. Wildflower Bluebonnet seeds were sown, not only in Texas but all across America.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY NSCDA-TX
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (left) borrowed Austin artist Mode Walker to paint “Bluebonnets and Evening Primrose,” (right) to help convince the Texas Legislature to choose the bluebonnet as the official state flower.
Ennis is Bluebonnet Central:
In 1997, the Texas Legislature named Ennis the Texas Bluebonnet Trail and the official bluebonnet city of Texas. Every April, up to 100,000 people flock to the Ellis shire town . It’s home to 40 miles of roadsides covered with wildflowers. KERA recently toured the Ennis bluebonnets to seek out out why the town is so crazy about the flower. This weekend, Ennis holds its annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival. Bluebonnets means big business for the town – bluebonnet visitors spend about $1 million each April.
There’s Chappell Hill, which earned the title “Official State of Texas Bluebonnet Festival.” It, too, is proud of its bluebonnets. Its 50th annual Bluebonnet Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday. Chappell Hill, which calls itself “the heart of Bluebonnet Country,” is located halfway between Houston and Austin.
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Waves of bluebonnet flowers fill Texas highways and backroads each spring. This inspires parents to snap photos of their kids in fields of purplish blooms, and road trippers to trek from Big Bend National Park to the Texas Hill Country in search of the enchanting wildflowers.
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