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Forecast for Texas Wildflowers: ‘Hit and Miss’ Season

Will you see fields of Texas bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush blooming like this in March or April? It's complicated. Image courtesy of gardenia.net.

Texas Wildflower Report, with 31,000 Facebook followers, predicts a “hit or miss” season for wildflowers based on a recent scouting trip in the Hill Country by photographer Johnny Boyd.

“For us who want to see huge dramatic displays, this might not be the season,” an administrator posted today as part of the page’s Winter Rainfall Report.

Click here to see Texas Wildflower Report’s Facebook page, and here to view its website, wildflowerhaven.com. The website includes the article, “Recipe for a Great Spring Wildflower Season.” Here are Boyd’s photos of wildflowers.

The Hill Country enjoyed average to above-average rainfall in the last part of January to early February, but rainfall has been below average since the administrator said.

Still, the strip just east of the I-35 corridor from Austin to San Antonio — including the area southeast of San Marcos and northeast of New Braunfels to just west of Lockhart — could surprise everyone due to heavier rainfall.

Although several locations in parts of the Hill Country might help with germination, bluebonnet plants produce smaller plants with fewer blossoms during periods of drought or limited rainfall.

“That said, there could be some surprises, so I would not write off the entire season. Even in Ennis and Brenham there could be some surprises,” the administrator said. “We will have to wait longer to see what does bloom and the timing could be off.”


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