Wildflowers in East Texas | cbs19.television


Late winter yearbooks and perennials lead the 2021 Flora Parade along the highways and state areas of Texas in our various ecoregions and spring landscapes.

TYLER, Texas – Spring has arrived and that means we are ushering in the amazing spring wildflower season in Texas.

Late winter yearbooks and perennials lead the 2021 Flora Parade along the highways and state areas of Texas in our various ecoregions and spring landscapes.

Texas bluebonnets typically peak in late March through mid-April. Bluebonnets often begin to bloom near Interstate 10 between San Antonio and Houston and then further north towards the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The native range of the Texas bluebonnets are primarily the Hill Country and Blackland Prairie ecoregions, although the Texans have sown these flowers well beyond that.

“Recently Texas Flora Facebook Among the posts and photos I received from local plant enthusiasts during the winter storm were blooming, ice-covered bluebonnets in central Texas, ”said Jason Singhurst, botanist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). “Believe it or not, most native perennial and biennial plants like bluebonnets have done well under the isolated snow and ice. If it can rain steadily over the coming weeks, and temperatures stay until the mid-80s or below through April, it should be a great Texan bluebonnet spring. “

During early spring, Texans everywhere can expect trout lilies, butter cups, lots of mustard, Dakota verbena, four-nerved daisies, spring beauty, violets, Texas rainbow cactus, fishhook barrel cactus, and Texas mountain laurel flowers to flourish, many others.

Singhurst believes this spring will enable a promising wildflower season in Big Bend and far west Texas. In previous years, winters have been extremely dry, but this season is likely to get more colorful due to the increasing wet weather this winter. In central Texas, Singhurst anticipates residents will see plenty of vegetative bluebonnets, Engelmann’s daisies, Blackfoot daisies, Drummond’s skullcap, Lindheimer’s brush, Missouri primrose, prairie flea, and many others.

Texans who head out to spot wildflowers this spring can keep a log of the flora they see on iNaturalist and contribute to biologists’ knowledge of the state’s wildflowers. The platform also allows other plant enthusiasts to help each other identify species across the state.


Wildflowers bloom in state parks across Texas!

Check out this list of East Texas parks where you can see nature’s paintings:

  • Atlanta State Park – 927 Park Road 42, Atlanta, TX
  • Caddo Lake State Park – 245 Park Road 2, Karnack, TX
  • Cooper Lake State Park South Sulfur Unit 1690 FM 3505, Sulfur Springs, TX
  • Daingerfield State Park – 455 Park Road 17, Daingerfield, TX
  • Fort Boggy State Park – 4994 Highway 75 South, Centerville, TX
  • Lake Bob Sandlin State Park – 341 State Park Road 2117, Pittsburg, TX
  • Lake Livingston State Park – 65 300 Park Road, Livingston, TX
  • Lake Tawakoni State Park – 10822 FM 2475, Wills Point, TX
  • Martin Creek Lake State Park – 9515 County Road 2181D, Tatum, TX
  • Mission Tejas State Park – 19343 State Highway 21 E., Grapeland, TX
  • Purtis Creek State Park 14225 FM 316 N., Eustace, TX
  • Tyler State Park – 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, TX

For a list of all of the state parks in Texas, click here. For a calendar of events planned in the parks, click here.

Did you know there are designated wildflower trails in the Lone Star State?

Below is a list of wildflower trails that are good to visit on the weekend or on your day off:

  • Ennis Bluebonnet Trails (April 1-30) – The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails have more than 60 km of mapped Bluebonnet trails. For the hiking map, click here.
  • Texas Wildflower Trails – The Texas Wildflower Trails connect the cities of Henderson, Kilgore, Mt. Enterprise, New London, Overton and Tatum through a beautifully landscaped drive. For the hiking map, click here.
  • Texas wildflower trails – The trail crosses rural sections of Interstates 49, 155, and 11. The area connects Linden, Avinger, and Hughes Springs. For the hiking / road map, click here.

If you have wildflower photos drop us a line at (903) 600-2600!