Top Ten Common Texas Wildflowers

During the springtime, central and southeastern Texas are prime locations to find wildflowers. Highway medians will be lined with them, and it's not uncommon to find whole fields of one particular flower. They are at their peak around mid-March. Please, Do Not Pick Them!

The Top Ten

1 Bluebonnet Bluebonnet

Pretty much. I had already taken a picture with my family at the age of 8 in 2008.

It's a Texas tradition to visit bluebonnet fields and take family pictures in them. They are most prolific around the Brenham area. They also come in other colors: pink, white (albino), and maroon (the Aggie Bluebonnet - bred by Texas A&M horticulturists.) When seen from directly above, they look like little Lone Stars surrounded by blue.

2 Indian Paintbrush Indian Paintbrush

The roots of this flower will grow until they penetrate the roots of other plants. This is how they obtain some of their nutrients.

3 Pink Evening Primrose Pink Evening Primrose

These seem to be the most common wildflower in my area (West Houston). We do see some bluebonnets, but mainly primroses. They are also known as "buttercups" or "pink ladies."

4 Indian Blanket Indian Blanket

Also called "fire wheel."

5 Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan
6 Texas Prickly Pear Texas Prickly Pear

Prickly pear cactus, the state plant of Texas. Prickly pear fruit is quite tasty too!

7 Mexican Hat Mexican Hat

Also called "Mexican coneflower."

8 White Prickly Poppy White Prickly Poppy

I used to see these a lot on my way up to college. Backcountry roads are the best!

9 Wine Cup Wine Cup

It's too bad these only bloom in small patches. Their color is striking.

10 Beach Morning Glory Beach Morning Glory

An important stabilizer of the delicate sand dunes of South Padre Island.

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