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Well, you know spring has sprung when you look around and see bluebonnets starting to bloom. These ones with white tips on them are called Texensis, that's the species of this bluebonnet that you're seeing. If you go down further south, in the sandy area, you'll see one that's blue all the way to the top. That's called Sub carnosis -- the species.

Well, bluebonnets are mighty pretty and they come in all sorts of shades of blue, which is purple, and lavender of course is shades of blue. You know, they occur naturally in the wild as blue, pink, and white. Also if you mix these colors, blue, pink, white together, you can actually get some bicolors. You can get bicolors such as blue and pink, or white and pink which is pretty impressive to look at this time of the year.

Also you can deepen the color of that pink a little through selection and get a rose color, or even this beautiful red that is being developed now. Of course if you mix that red with blue, guess what you can get then. 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 the Texas state flower. People complain, 'Why don't you have a burnt orange bluebonnet?' Well first of all, I don't work for UT and second of all God created these colors and so far we haven't found a burnt orange. You might think that's harsh. Regardless of the color you like go out and enjoy bluebonnets this spring. They are the Texas state flower. This is Jerry Parsons Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Weekend Gardener and employee of Texas A&M University System.

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