|Bluebonnets and Indian paint brushes |
decorate roadsides in Central Texas.
This post has been updated for 2017.
As we approach the end of March wildflowers have really begun bursting into color on central Texas roadsides. The next two weeks should provide the best opportunities for seeing bluebonnets, red Indian paint brushes, and numerous varieties of pink, white, yellow, orange, and purple flowers that decorate the Hill Country landscape each spring.
The following information from past years is still valid if you plan to drive through bluebonnet territory. Be vigilant of traffic when stopping beside the road, and be mindful not to trespass on private property. Enjoy the sights, and don't forget your camera!
If you love wildflowers, now is the time to drive through the Texas Hill Country. Thanks to winter rains, bluebonnets are reaching their peak earlier than usual this year, although the striking red Indian paint brushes seem to be a bit later. Roadsides and occasional fields are bursting with color, especially welcome after the drought of 2011 resulted in fewer and smaller flowers. The next week will see an explosion of blooms, so get out there now!
In past years, we have headed out from Austin for a wildflower drive, turning west on Hwy 71 towards Marble Falls. We stopped along the highway at several thick patches of bluebonnets—the perfect backdrop for photos of kids and dogs. Thanks to seeding by TXDOT, roadsides have sprouted with thick carpets of bluebonnets in many locations. Just be sure there’s ample space to pull off the road and take photos without trampling the flowers.
|Bright orange claret cups decorated a roadside patch.|
|Bluebonnets and huisache daisies cover a roadside field.|
If you get to Llano, there are reports of beautiful bluebonnet displays on Hwy 16 and south of Llano. One person reported seeing a large field of prairie verbena near Johnson City on the south side of U.S. 290. Since we had been in Fredericksburg the day before, we didn’t take that route as we usually do. We also missed the old school yard at Prairie Mountain, generally filled with pink and yellow flowers, which we would have passed on our loop to Fredericksburg.
As usual, reported sightings say Willow City Loop is gorgeous. If you chose to drive the Loop, remember that it’s a private road through private property, and it’s against the law to trespass. Take care and leave the seasonal show for others to enjoy, too.
|We couldn't resist posing among the bluebonnets!|
Photos by Beverly Burmeier