Phlox, groundsel, pepper grass, bluebonnets, and prickly poppies blanket a field in south Texas during spring.
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.
Spring wildflowers in Mason County during 2010. A wet fall and winter bode well for a great wildflower display this year as well. This image features bluebonnets, groundsel and prickly poppies at sunset in the Texas Hill Country.
We’ve had a roller coaster ride of temperatures over the last several weeks that included many days of above normal spring-like weather. That has come to an abrupt end with colder than normal temperatures forecast through the weekend. The warmer weather did, however, cause some trees to start blooming and put on new leaves. The only native trees spotted in the Austin area that have begun to bloom are redbuds and mountain laurels.
Invasive weeds are blooming already including invasive mustard and pin clover. The landscape is becoming much greener as well with grasses waking from their winter slumber. Native annuals should be starting to bloom soon, but it is unclear how the recent temperature extremes will impact the bloom. I will begin scouting trips to find the best wildflower displays the first weekend of March. Visit my website for more information.