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Brighten Up Your Road Trips with the 2024 Wildflower Forecast

March 6, 2024 | By Asher Elbein

Last summer, months of brutal temperatures and drought parched Texas, baking the landscape into a crisp dead brown.

Your Guide to Maximizing Texas Wildflower Season

February 27, 2024 | By Dina Gachman

Editor’s Note: The Primrose Path

February 27, 2024 | By Emily Roberts Stone

Wildflowers first graced our cover in June 1974. The photo by Jack Lewis featured a field of pink evening primrose and Indian paintbrush in Round Top.

A Monarch Butterfly Takes Flight in a Time of Grief

March 22, 2023 | By Shannon Perri

An Expectant Mother Contemplates Growth at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

March 16, 2023 | By Ali Montag

Celebrate Spring Wildflowers in Texas at These Festivals and Trails

March 15, 2023 | By Amanda Ogle

Beautiful wildflowers are popping up across the state from March through May. And while we all love our bluebonnets, other types of wildflowers keep the landscapes colorful as well, including Indian paintbrushes, Mexican hats, pink evening primrose, horsemint, and firewheels (also known as Indian blankets).

2023 Wildflower Forecast: Bluebonnets Arrive Early Ahead of a Lush Blooming Season

March 10, 2023 | By Asher Elbein

Spring has settled over Texas, and with it, the roadsides and pastures of Texas are beginning to bloom in carpets of wildflowers.

‘Field of Light’ Shines Bright at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

September 9, 2022 | By Clayton Maxwell

This September, London-born large-scale light artist Bruce Munro illuminates the Central Texas landscape. Field of Light, an installation of 28,000 solar-powered glowing orbs, converts a 16-acre field at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center into a pulsing multicolored wonderland.

Expert Advice on Frequently-Asked Wildflower Questions

March 15, 2020 | By

Warm Winter Brings Early Wildflower Bloom to Texas This Spring

March 5, 2020 | By Melissa Gaskill

Gas up the car, pack a picnic, and charge your camera: Texas is set for a beautiful wildflower season this spring.

Catch May’s Second Wave of Wildflower Blooms While You Still Can

May 6, 2019 | By John Lumpkin

This May, the Texas Hill Country is proving there is more than bluebonnets to revere. A second wave of blooms is eclipsing the dazzling bluebonnet crop with prolific Indian blanket, reddish-purple winecup, pinkish primrose, coreopsis, and others. The same combo of rain and sun that produced the bluebonnet displays are benefitting this second wave, as well.

Identifying Texas Wildflowers with The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Studio 512 in Austin

April 11, 2019 | By TH Staff

Senior horticulturist Julie Marcus helps identify the common wildflowers blooming this spring

Texas Highways Debuts Special Issue Dedicated to All Things Texas Wildflowers

March 26, 2019 | By

Over the years, we’ve scouted the state’s best wildflower drives; dug up wildflower trivia; covered dozens of wildflower festivals from El Paso to the Piney Woods; and offered grower’s guides and field guides. But this issue beats them all: 100 pages devoted entirely to Texas wildflowers—a botanical feast for the eyes. It’s a cornucopia of flower facts, folklore, photography, and festivals, and can be enjoyed year-round, even when those beautiful bluebonnets aren’t in bloom. Here we bring you the best of Texas Highways’ wildflower writing, imagery, and useful tips—where to wake up next to fields of flowers, Texas artisans making everything from pressed-flower art to wildflower soaps, and a grand total of 12 scenic drives guaranteed to feed your flower frenzy in every corner of the state.

Wild about Wildflowers

May 2, 2016 | By

Each year, the first full week of May – May 2-8, 2016 – is designated as National Wildflower Week, a time to celebrate the brightly colored blooms that brighten our landscapes.

Hold for Wildflowers!

March 19, 2015 | By

Lady Bird Johnson, champion of roadside beautification, once wrote, “Each year I try to save spring for wild flowers and me, circling my calendar late March and April and May and writing firmly across, “Hold for wild flower season.”

Bowled Over

January 16, 2015 | By Andrea Abel

Most people think to visit Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in the spring, when Mother Nature rolls out her most outrageous show of color.

The Garden of Yes

July 10, 2014 | By Andrea Abel

Luci Johnson, the youngest daughter of President Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, admits that her love of nature came later in life, despite her mother’s devotion to protecting and restoring native plants.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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