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‘Lupinus texensis’: We love y’all

Spring colors arrive in full

Its scientific name is, believe it or not, lupinus texensis.

But it’s a bluebonnet, whatever they want to call it.

Actually it’s kind of nice that “Texas” is part of our kind of bluebonnet’s name. The spectacular spring-blooming flower is an icon of our state as much as the longhorn steer, the mockingbird and barbecue brisket.

Within the last week to 10 days spring blooms have literally exploded in Rockdale and throughout Milam County with the bluebonnets leading the way.

Spring actual ly arrived March 20, accompanied by a blustery thunderstorm that seemed to literally draw wildflowers out of the land by the next day.

Here’s a small sampling of Milam County’s spring colors. Does it get more ‘Springtime in Texas’ than this? Bluebonnets, and a few Indian Paintbrushes, stretch into the distance beside a highway. This view is on US 79 about two miles west of the Rockdale city limits.



Above, fighting a strong south wind, a butterfly feasts on an Indian Paint Blanket. At right, redbud tree goes to glory. Above, fighting a strong south wind, a butterfly feasts on an Indian Paint Blanket. At right, redbud tree goes to glory.


Above, purple explosion from just about every wisteria between the Brazos River and the blackland prarie. Most common spring visitor in rural Milam is the yellow mustard (at right) which fills fields like this on County Road 440. Above, purple explosion from just about every wisteria between the Brazos River and the blackland prarie. Most common spring visitor in rural Milam is the yellow mustard (at right) which fills fields like this on County Road 440.

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