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Bluebonnet forming

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Bluebonnet Inflorescence Forming 9073

Another fuzzy thing I found at the Bullas’ place on February 24th was an early and lone bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis, that was beginning to blossom. The Spanish name for this wildflower, by the way, is conejo, which means rabbit; look at the soft top of the inflorescence and you may see what prompted that name.

Lupinus texensis is one of five species of bluebonnet that are collectively the state flower of Texas.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 6, 2013 at 6:21 AM

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  1. Une petite merveille divinement photographiée..

    chatou11

    March 6, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    • Merci, Chantal. Je suis content que ce capot bleu et la manière dont je l’ai photographié t’aient plu.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 6, 2013 at 8:25 AM

  2. I was a little further south in Cuero and saw my first bluebonnet of the season on March 2nd. http://walktx.org/2013/TVA_Reunion/DSCF4399.JPG

    walktx

    March 6, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    • And yours were more developed than mine. I still haven’t seen another one since February 24, but it shouldn’t be long now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM

  3. We have lots of bluebonnets (they started blooming a couple weeks ago) here in Sugar Land! I’ve even seen one Indian Blanket!!

    http://susansternberg.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/a-new-floral-wrinkle/

    Texas Susan

    March 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    • Thanks for that information. Our situations are reversed: in Austin I’ve seen only one bluebonnet, but I’ve been seeing Indian blankets for weeks, including along the west side of Mopac. I photographed one on February 27 but haven’t shown any pictures yet. I’m getting farther behind in posting as more and more species are putting in an appearance now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

  4. It seems that you have captured the blue in the process of emerging. It is really quite exciting.

    mrsdaffodil

    March 6, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    • It is, and it’s one of the rare times I see the color as blue. The fully developed flowers normally register in my brain as more purple than blue.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

  5. Wow, from here it’s hard to imagine a flower that far along already.

    montucky

    March 6, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    • And from here I’m scrambling to keep up with all the species of wildflowers that have been coming out. The pictures I’ve already taken will provide posts for the next several weeks, during which time there’ll be so much more to take pictures of.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 6, 2013 at 10:46 PM

  6. […] like a reminder of how a bluebonnet looks when it’s developing, you can go back to a close-up photograph from two months […]


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