The state flower of Texas is bluebonnet, which is named for its bluish-purple color just like a petal to a woman’s sunbonnet. As soon as spring starts with a windy morning, the flower begins to bloom. Most of the areas of south and Central Texas bluebonnet are seen to be widespread its amazing beauty from roadsides to fields.
History of choosing bluebonnet as the state flower Texas:
The history of this recognition was more than a rock war. The interesting selection drama begins when there were actually 5 state flowers as candidates. It was the year 1901 when bluebonnet was honored to be the state flower of Texas.
Though it was a tough call to make at the end, a king deserves to win. Since cotton was the king of Texas, it would be ashamed if bluebonnet a cotton ball fails.
It should also be mentioned that the cactus was a strong candidate due to the desert facts, but on March 7th Texas officially declared bluebonnet as the state flower.
In 1933 the state’ legislature has adopted a song which was written for Bluebonnets by Julia D. Booth and Lora C. Crockett. The last few lines are as follows:
Bluebonnets, blue lovely Bluebonnets,– Julia D. Booth and Lora C. Crockett
More beautiful than all the rest
Texas chose you for her flower,
And we love you best, Bluebonnets.
Interesting Facts of Bluebonnets Which Impress Us All:
Lupinus subcarnosus is the genus name of this flower. Texas people often called it as Buffalo clover and wolf flower but the Mexican gave a sexy name- El Conejo!
Each bluebonnet floret has 5 petals which are grown individually and arranged on the spikes with a characteristic ice white terminal tip and sometimes yellow. The curved shaped was the reason why it resembles a sunbonnet. The top petals of a matured bluebonnet turn into purple-red which creates a stunning look.
The flower can’t really bear the cold fizzy climate and that’s why the flower can’t survive at snowfall night when there is a high amount of nitrogen in the air.
Though most of the flowers are blue as its name few are found as strains, white and pink. A full aged plant can be 30-50 cm tall and 50-70 cm in diameter.
Cultivation and Caring facts:
Since the flower will be bloomed in spring, cultivation should be started in between September or October. Basically, it requires a longer time to flower and moist soil & plenty of sunshine to born in perfection. Winter season is perfect to develop the root. The seed requires warmer climate to germinate.