A wet fall with continued rain through spring has resulted in a bounty of wildflowers in south central Texas. Early scouting has shown abundant wildflowers already in bloom in the areas east and south of San Antonio. This image was taken on 3/18/2015 off of Tx Hwy 97 near Floresville. The area around Devine, Natalia and Lytle also has great displays of wildflowers including bluebonnets, phlox, groundsel and prickly poppies. This looks to be a very good year for wildflowers, one of the best we’ve seen in a long time due to recent drought. Visit my website for wildflower sighting updates and an extensive collection of photographs to help you identify Texas wildflowers.
In cooler, wetter years, bluebonnets can bloom well into May when late spring/early summer wildflowers such as firewheels and lazy daisies begin to bloom. This image was from the Texas Hill Country on May 3, 2007. During that year bluebonnets bloomed from March well into May creating this patriotic mix of red, white and blue colors. Conditions are similar this year to 2007, so we could see similar displays in the coming months. Visit my website for the latest wildflower reports and resources for wildflower identification.
When rain is plentiful in fall and winter, spring in Texas can bring a bounty of assorted wildflowers to the countryside. In 2010, abundant rainfall created a particularly colorful spring display in Atascosa County south of San Antonio. This image was taken on April 3. It is likely that this year wildflowers will appear a bit later due to the recent cold spell that has brought ice and colder than average temperatures to much of Texas.