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State Flower

The Bluebonnet: Texas' Symbol of Pride and Beauty

by Nicholas Karatzas 26 Dec 2022

The bluebonnet is the official state flower of Texas, adopted in 1901 to honor the beauty and culture of the Lone Star State. It’s a symbol of pride that Texans hold close to their hearts, a reminder of their home state's natural beauty. But what does this beloved flower mean? What's its history? Read on to learn more about the bluebonnet and why it means so much to Texans.

The Meaning Behind the Official Texas State Flower: Bluebonnet

The bluebonnet has come to symbolize a number of different things. To some, it stands for loyalty; others see it as a sign of friendship or love. For many, however, it’s simply an emblem of Texas pride—a reminder that home is where the heart is.

History Behind the Texas State Flowers: The Bluebonnet

The bluebonnet has been around since long before becoming an official state flower. Its history dates back centuries to Spanish settlers who first brought it to Texas in the 16th century. In 1901, it was officially adopted as Texas' state flower after a lengthy campaign by school children who wanted something to represent their home state with pride.

Quick Facts About The State Flower Of Texas

  • The most common variety of bluebonnets is Lupinus texensis, which grows wild throughout Texas and blooms typically between late March and early April each year.
  • Other varieties include Lupinus subcarnosus (also known as buffalo clover), Lupinus havardii (also known as Big Bend bluebonnets) and Lupinus concinnus (also known as Lindheimer's bluebonnets).
  • In addition to being Texan’s official state flower, the bluebonnet is also one of several symbols featured on both sides of the Great Seal Of The State Of Texas flag.
  • Each year during springtime, Texans flock to Hill Country in Central Texas for "bluebonnet season" when fields are filled with brilliant blues from horizon to horizon.
  • In 1933, Governor Miriam A Ferguson named "Blue Bonnets Over The Border" by composer Jack Mahoney as the official state song for Texas in honor of its beloved flower. 

With its bright blues and deep historical significance, there’s no denying that the bluebonnet holds a special place in Texans’ hearts. It stands as a reminder not only of home but also loyalty and friendship - values that resonate strongly with those who call themselves Texans! Next time you find yourself admiring these beautiful flowers out in nature or even printed on souvenirs - take a moment to appreciate all they stand for!

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