How the bluebonnet became the Texas state flower

THEY'RE HERE! Here's a forecast of where and when you can expect to see the beautiful flowers across the state in the coming weeks.

Video Transcript

- It was March 7th, 1941 when the 27th Texas legislature adopted the bluebonnet as our state flower.

The Lupinus subcarnosus, also known as the Wolf Flower, the Buffalo Clover, or El conejo, which translates to the rabbit.

Lawmakers amended their declaration in 1971 to include the El Texensis variety of the bluebonnet or any other variety not heretofore recorded according to the Handbook of Texas.

The flowers usually bloom in late March and early April. They're found from North Central Texas to Mexico. And beautification efforts over the years have helped spread the flower across the state.

"When the pastures are green in the springtime and the birds are singing their sonnets, you may look to the hills in the valleys and they're covered with lovely bluebonnets." While the state song remains "Texas, Our Texas," those lyrics were from Chapel Hill's Julie D. Booth and Laura Crockett. They're from the state's flower song. Yes, Texas has both a state song and a state flower song. The title "Bluebonnets," adopted by the legislature in 1929.

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