Late Spring Wildflowers

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Prickly pear cacti bloom among a field of red firewheels in the Texas Hill Country south of Llano.

Bluebonnets are the iconic Texas wildflower that generally bloom in March and April.  Lesser known wildflowers usually bloom later in spring and can be just as impressive, especially in years that have good rainfall.  This past spring was average at best for bluebonnets in the Hill Country, but the other wildflowers are the ones that have really put on a show in May.  Firewheels, greenthread, bitterweed and many others have been blooming in great numbers this year due to all the rainfall brought by El Nino. I will be posting continued updates as spring progresses of which wildflowers are in bloom and where.  I’ve also updated my New Work gallery with pictures of Texas Wildflowers from the current spring season.

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A few more weeks…

May wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country by Gary Regner

Firewheels (red), lazy daisies (white) and bluebonnets blanket a field in Mason county in the Texas Hill Country.

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.