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2021 Texas Wildflower Season Outlook

As of March 10, 2021, it appears that we are on track for a “hit and miss” season with bloom times close to or slightly later depending on overall temperatures during the rest of March. Most all areas in Texas have some locations that received normal to above normal rainfall in September 2020 to support some germination of seeds, but the rainfall throughout Texas for October and November was below normal with some exceptions. The below normal rainfall for October and November could be a major limiting factor for the number of plants that are actually out there.  The winter rainfall although below normal in most areas should have been sufficient to sustain rosette growth. Some locations like some counties in the Hill Country received close to normal rainfall in the past 60 days. Winter temperatures for December through February were about one degree below average. The below normal temperature during the winter months might have been enough to satisfy the “vernalization” requirement for winter annuals. See the full report at: 2021 Texas Wildflower Outlook 

Best Time to Visit Texas for the Spring Wildflower Show

Are you planning to visit Texas to view the spring wildflowers? Because Texas is so big the wildflowers bloom at different times depending the location in Texas. Generally, the bloom line will march north from deep South Texas, but it will vary depending on elevation and species of wildflower. Check out the article, "When Should I Come to See Texas Wildflowers?" for the details, including a map showing the progression of the bluebonnet bloom-line and a chart with bloom times for some of the other major wildflowers. 

Wildflower Travel eBooks

Whether you are new to the Texas Spring Wildflower show or you just need some guidance on where to go, our Texas Bluebonnet and Wildflower Routes eBooks can help.  Each one contains maps and suggested routes that have had some of the best displays in the past. There is an eBook for the following major wildflower areas in Texas:

Brenham – located northwest of Houston is unique in its Texas history and has some really nice rolling hillside displays. The historic and scenic La Bahia Road (FM 390 loop) from Burton through Independence, Texas is a must do drive anytime of the year. The Brenham eBook highlights roads like FM 390 and some “off-the-beaten” paths. 

Ennis – located just south of Dallas, the Ennis area is known for its dramatic bluebonnet displays. The local garden group goes out each year and puts up signs for the best routes. Our eBook includes the Ennis published routes with comments on what you can find along the routes along with some routes not usually listed by the garden group. The Ennis eBook also covers other areas in the region that can also produce some great displays. 

Hill Country – located northwest of San Antonio, is a favorite of landscape photographers. With majestic hills and valleys with rugged country roads, the Hill Country covered with wildflowers is a sight not to be missed. Not every year is the best, but even in an average year there are some great views to be enjoyed and photographed. The Hill Country eBook lists some special routes and highlights some of the small communities. How about a bluebonnet covered cemetery from the 1800s?

San Antonio – South/East eBook covers some of the popular counties just south and east of San Antonio, Texas. Counties like Atascosa County where you can view fields of sandyland bluebonnets, phlox or paintbrush.  If you like a variety of wildflowers with some bluebonnets thrown in, then this eBook is what you need.

All of these eBooks are free to download and evaluate. If you use them then please donate $5 for each one you download or $15 for all four.  This is our only source of income to help keep this site going.

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