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3/25/2018 9:26 PM
 

Texas Wildflower Trip Report: Areas South of San Antonio


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Trip Date: 3/25/2018

Routes:

  • I-35 to Lytle
  • Texas 132 to Natalia and Devine
  • Texas 173 to FM 2504
  • FM 2504 to Brown Ave/RD
  • FM 2504 to FM 476
  • FM 476 to Mann RD/Eichman RD
  • Eichman RD to Stevens RD to Heickman/Smith RD to FM 476
  • Somerset RD to Smith RD to Hickman RD

Total Miles traveled: 110+

Short Story

What I saw today convinces me we are not in an above average season for the South Texas (at least not the areas I have traveled).  What I saw was hit and miss. There were a few surprises here and there, but some regular spots are just completely a bust.  The field of rose prickly poppy in Lytle was almost without any plants. That said, if you live in the areas south of San Antonio or even in San Antonio, it might be a nice drive if you take some of the routes I found that had a few displays. I saw a wide variety of wildflowers including; phlox, Texas paintbrush, Texas groundsel, white and rose prickly poppy, blue curls, verbena, sandyland bluebonnets, red gaillardia (the early firewheel), and pink evening primrose. I found several fairly large fields of sandyland bluebonnets ranging from 40 to 70 % covered, but often times mixed with other wildflowers. I saw several fairly covered fields of white prickly poppy and Texas Groundsel. If you have been scouting the areas south of San Antonio, you will likely be a bit disappointed. I did find enough areas to photograph and keep me busy for four hours.

Full Story

  • Lytle: The field of rose prickly poppies is nearly empty with only a few plants; however, I saw plenty along the railroad tracks near downtown. I also several nice area between houses covered with phlox or a mixture. The area along the railroad tracks had a nice mixture of wildflowers including red gaillardia, rose and white prickly poppies and phlox. That area is private property and is posted, so you have to photography from the road and one part of the park is marked with a no parking sign. 

  • FM 2504: One really nice field of sandyland bluebonnets along this route before Brown Ave/RD. The other regular fields have some blooms but not covered as much. The plants are small and might bush up some with the rains in the forecast, but I would not expect a doubling in the numbers.

  • Brown Ave/RD: Three areas of sandyland bluebonnets, but all were not completely covered. Brown Ave is a quiet road with a variety of wildflowers along it that afford some close up work.

  • FM 476 at Mann RD: The field of phlox is only lightly covered.
  • Eichman RD to Stevens RD to Heickman/Smith RD to FM 476: Wow! Hardly anything along this once great route!
  • Hickman RD and Smith RD: One large field of sandyland bluebonnets (See pano above) mixed with Texas groundsel along Hickman RD. Large field of Texas groundsel sprinkled with white prickly poppies at Hickmand and Smith RD.

Conclusion: There are wildflowers out there in the areas south of San Antonio, but not at the levels in past years. There are nice spots here and there and some where you would not expect.  The area is green, but mostly from grass. However, I did see other plants that might provide some more color later in the season. I would give the area a D, if it not for the surprise nice spots here and there…so how about a C+.

Next Trips: I hope to make a trip to the Brenham area and then the Hill Country.   

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