Well you know spring has sprung when you look around and see the bluebonnets starting to bloom. These with these little white tips on them are called Texensis; that's a species of this bluebonnet that you're seeing. If you go farther down from here in the sandy area you will see one that's blue all the way to the top, and that's called Subcarnosa, the species.
Well bluebonnets are mighty pretty and they come in all sorts of different shades of blue, which are purple and lavender, of course are shades of blue. You know they occur naturally out in the wild as blue, pink, and white. If you mix these colors, blue, pink, and white, together you can actually get some bicolor. You can get some bicolors, which are of blue and pink, or white and pink that are pretty impressive to look at this time of the year.
Also you can kind of deepen the color of that pink a little bit through selection and get a rose color or even this beautiful red that's being developed now. If you mix that red with blue guess what you can get then.
[Aggie fight song]
That's right, something to bring tears to an Aggie's heart and that's the maroon.
So there are lots of beautiful colors to be had of our Texas State flower. A lot of people complain why don't you have a burnt orange bluebonnet. Well, first of all I don't work for UT. Second of all, old God created these colors and so far we haven't found a burnt orange; you might take that to heart. Regardless of the color you like go out and enjoy the bluebonnets this spring. They are the Texas State flower.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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