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Texas Blue Bonnet Festival

"In April did you ever see
Texas uplands in their dress of blue,
Washed and cleaned and lush and free.
Vying the sky in deeper hue?"

Have you felt bluebonnets 'neath your feet
As you viewed their distant tints
Melt to a level line and meet in a
Blend of earth and sky complete?"

~ Texas in the Spring, Mae Warthen Parrish, c. 1940

The beautiful bluebonnet flower is honored with a festival every spring in Texas to recognize the blooming of its state flower. The Bluebonnet is a name given to any number of purple-flowered species of the genus Lupinus predominantly found in southwestern United States, sometimes known as buffalo clover. The flower takes its common name from the shape of the petals on the flower which resembles the bonnets worn by pioneer women to shield them from the sun. As an extension of Lady Bird Johnson's efforts at highway beautification in the late 1960s in the United States, encouraging the planting of native plants, Bluebonnet blooms are now a common sight along highways in the springtime!

Held in April, the annual Texas Blue Bonnet festival pays homage the the state flower of Texas.


The blue bonnet, is one of five species of lupines, all vying for the most popular state flower top spot, all of which bloom in the early to late spring in shades of blue, sometimes with purple and red tips. It is also sometimes known as "buffalo clover."


The colours of the Texas Blue Bonnet district tartan owe their selection to the bluebonnet flower, a member of the lupine family, which is widespread in many parts of Texas. The flower changes colour with the passing of time, the 'brim' becoming flecked with wine red. In 1989 it was adopted as the Texas state tartan.


For more about the Bluebonnet Festival, click the field of flowers.