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The Splendor of Texas Wildflowers on Full Display

March 18, 2024 | By

Where to Stay Among the Texas Wildflowers

March 15, 2024 | By June Naylor

The only downside to wildflower wandering is leaving the blooms behind. Why not build some overnights into your springtime jaunt and hunker down into cozy digs amid seas of bluebonnets, Indian blankets, and Mexican hats?

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.

Preserving Texas’ History Through Its Native Flowers

March 4, 2024 | By Matt Joyce

Frolicking Among the Bluebonnets at Fort Parker State Park

February 29, 2024 | By TH Staff

This photo from the Texas Highways archives shows a handsome couple—and their handlers—frolicking in a bumper crop of bluebonnets at Fort Parker State Park.

A Texas Bouquet

February 27, 2024 | By TH Staff

This article is from the Texas Highways archive. It first appeared in the June 1974 issue.

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.

What Texas Wildflower Are You Based on Your Zodiac Sign?

February 27, 2024 | By Dina Gachman

The 2023 Texas Traveler’s Gift Guide

December 1, 2023 | By Danielle Lopez

A Springtime Drive Through Flowering Fields in Central Texas

April 11, 2023 | By John Clark

Beauty and the Beast: The Battle of the Bluebonnet Co-Capitals of Texas

April 6, 2023 | By John Lumpkin

When the Texas Legislature focuses on bluebonnets, it can take unprecedented action, with our State Flower getting drawn into regional rivalries and larger political disputes.

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.

Texas’ Flowering Trees Take Seasonal Blooms to New Heights

February 28, 2023 | By Asher Elbein

Our Wildflower Newsletter, “Petal Pusher,” Returns

April 27, 2022 | By Natalie Moore

Where to See Texas Wildflowers This Spring

February 28, 2022 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Rogue Wildflower Hunters of Texas

February 24, 2022 | By Dina Gachman

Firewheels Brighten a Springtime Field in South Austin

February 24, 2022 | By

How to Find Wildflowers Year-Round Across the State

February 24, 2022 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Wildflower season isn’t just a spring thing

The Russian Immigrant Behind One-of-a-Kind Western Wear

February 24, 2022 | By Andrea Luttrell

A New Biography Portrays Lady Bird Johnson as Much More Than Just a Flower Girl

March 23, 2021 | By

After a year of the ongoing pandemic and, more recently, the Great Texas Freeze, all Texans will welcome the colorful blooms of this wildflower season.

Enjoy Spring Wildflowers and Sample 42 Wineries with This ‘Passport’

March 22, 2021 | By Gabrielle Pharms

Spring is most glorious time to be outdoors in the Hill Country. Wineries in the area up the ante with discounted tastings, allowing oenophiles to make the most out of this special season.

Despite February Storm, Experts Predict a Colorful Texas Wildflower Bloom

March 8, 2021 | By Sabrina LeBoeuf

Winter Storm Uri’s snow, ice, and frigid temperatures took a toll on flora and fauna across Texas.

Why Bees Are Vital to Texas’ Wildflower Season

February 25, 2021 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Healing Power of Wildflowers

February 25, 2021 | By ire’ne lara silva

Download Our Printable Wildflower Coloring Pages

April 14, 2020 | By TH Staff

Readers Share Their Favorite Wildflower Photos

April 14, 2020 | By

The Wildflowers of Texas: Our Top 20 Field Guide

March 15, 2020 | By

Texas Highways is Wild for Wildflowers

March 15, 2020 | By Texas Highways

How to Grow Texas Wildflowers

March 15, 2020 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

The Wildflower Regions and Vegetational Areas of Texas

March 15, 2020 | By TH Staff

Stories of the Wild(flowers)

March 15, 2020 | By Jane Kellogg Murray, Illustrations by Jack Molloy

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.

Editors’ Note: Wild Beauty

February 27, 2020 | By Emily Roberts Stone

Blooming Marigolds in Big Bend National Park

February 27, 2020 | By

Discover the Natural Beauty of These Iconic Texas Wildflowers

February 27, 2020 | By

Everything You Need to Know About Texas’ Native Wildflowers

February 27, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

The 3 Best Places to See Poppies in Texas

February 21, 2020 | By Shari Biediger

Springtime calls for road trips to see Texas’ native wildflowers—bluebonnets, firewheels, and pink evening primroses, just to name a few. But other flowers bloom this time of year, too, and they’re celebrated in festive fashion in El Paso, Castroville, and Georgetown.

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

A Runner Reflects on Lady Bird Johnson’s Legacy and the Companionship of Nature

April 5, 2019 | By S. Kirk Walsh

Johnson described nature as her daily companion. “The song of the wind in the upper branches of the pine trees is the most evocative symphony I’ve ever heard.”

Gallery: Wildflowers of the Hill Country

April 2, 2019 | By TH Staff

For our March 2019 issue, we sent photographer Theresa DiMenno out to capture spring color in 2018. These are some of our favorite images that we didn’t have room for in the issue.

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.

Poppies Festival on Saturday Celebrates El Paso’s Big Bloom

March 22, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

El Paso will celebrate its poppy bloom on Saturday at the El Paso Museum of Archeology’s annual Poppies Festival.

“This year’s bloom is considered the best in the last three years,” Museum Director Jeff Romney says.

The wildflowers are in full bloom throughout the region, accenting the city’s Chihuahuan Desert slopes with brilliant sunset hues of orange and yellow. The show usually begins in late January and lasts through early April. With spring rains, the bloom can extend through mid-May.

The Best Texas Wildflower Photos from 2019

March 19, 2019 | By

Texas is awash in color after a wet fall and winter. These are some of our favorite photos readers have shared with us so far this year.

Gallery: Wildflowers of West Texas

March 7, 2019 | By TH Staff

For our March 2019 issue, we sent photographer and West Texas resident E. Dan Klepper out to capture spring color in 2018. These are some of our favorite images that we didn’t have room for in the issue.

El Paso’s Poppy Bloom is One of the Most Colorful in Years

March 4, 2019 | By E. Dan Klepper

It’s poppy season in El Paso. The wildflowers are in full bloom throughout the region, accenting the city’s Chihuahuan Desert slopes with brilliant sunset hues of orange and yellow.

Photo: Clymer Meadow Preserve

March 1, 2019 | By

With their characteristically droopy petals, Black Samson coneflowers seem ready to turn down for the night as the sun sets on the Clymer Meadow Preserve northwest of Greenville. The preserve protects remnants of the Blackland Prairie, a tallgrass prairie that once stretched from the Texas coast to Canada. Prairies and pastures in North Texas and the plains of the Panhandle provide native habitats for this perennial, which blooms April through July and can also be propagated in gardens.

Texas Highways Magazine Celebrates 45 Years of Traveling Texas

March 1, 2019 | By Emily Roberts Stone, Executive Editor

If there’s one thing Texans can agree on, it’s their love of wildflowers. A field of native blooms graced the second-ever cover of Texas Highways, and readers’ enthusiasm for the bluebonnet and its springtime companions hasn’t dampened since.

Photographers Capture Texas’ Spectacular Variety of Wildflowers in Every Region of the State

March 1, 2019 | By

Awed by the spectacular variety of wildflowers throughout Texas, we sent four photographers on a springtime mission across the state. They combed seven distinct regions of Texas, from the shaded forests of the Piney Woods to the mountains and deserts of the Big Bend, from sandy coastal dunes to rolling hills and the vast plains of the Panhandle. The results are as magnificent and diverse as the lands that nurture our abundant blossoms.

Gallery: Gulf Coast & South Texas Wildflowers

February 28, 2019 | By TH Staff

For our March 2019 issue, we sent photographer Larry Ditto to capture spring blooms in South Texas and the Gulf Coast. These are some of our favorite images that we didn’t have room for in the issue.

In Ennis, Wildflowers Beckon Weekenders in Pursuit of Small-Town Charm

February 19, 2019 | By Allison McNearney

Founded in 1872 by the Houston and Texas Central Railway, Ennis is a product of two pillars of Texas’ 19th-century economy: cotton and the railroad. While Ellis County is no longer a top cotton producer, the railroad still plays a role in connecting Ennis’ thriving manufacturing industry with the world.

Most-Read Stories of 2018

December 26, 2018 | By Peter Obering

Wildflower road trips, barbecued crabs, the wild outdoors, and a snake farm in New Braunfels highlight our most popular stories in 2018.

Editor’s Letter: Misadventures in Wildflower Photography

February 14, 2018 | By

On an overcast spring morning five years ago, with our 1-month-old baby in tow, my husband and I headed out on a singular mission. My mom was in town for the weekend, and we were determined to get that perfect “child among the bluebonnets” picture that was my daughter’s Texas birthright.

It being late March, we didn’t expect to have much trouble finding a bountiful patch of blooms. We struck out at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center—its bluebonnets wouldn’t come in until a little later in the spring, one of the volunteers explained.

Everything You Need to Know About Texas Wildflower Season

February 13, 2018 | By

With its sprawling size and diversity of landforms, Texas offers a treasure of spectacular wildflowers for residents and visitors alike. More than 5,000 species of flowering plants are native to Texas.

We’ve curated the best of our recent wildflower features to help you enjoy the best of Texas wildflower season.

Four Wildflower-Focused Texas Road Trips (Plus Guaranteed Photo Ops)

February 12, 2018 | By Melissa Gaskill

At Texas Highways, we’ve learned a few things over the years about spring wildflowers in Texas: We have lots of them, many kinds, all over the place. We’ve learned this, too: Once Mother Nature shakes off winter’s chill, there’s no better way to celebrate the new season than with a wildflower-focused road trip.

Stories of the Wild

March 20, 2017 | By Jane Kellogg Murray

Watching Texas’ prairies and hillsides light up with seasonal wildflowers is a delight for the senses—a farewell to our short-lived winters and a harbinger of the warmer days to come.

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.

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.

Wildflowers: Oooh … Aaah!

March 21, 2014 | By Jill Lawless

Over our 40 years as a travel magazine, we’ve been “Wowed by Wildflowers,” sowed “The Seeds of Spring,” joined in the “Dance of the Wildflowers,” and gawked at “The Great Texas Bloom Boom.” Our various themes have included thoughts from such diverse observers as Moravian-born author Karl Anton Postl, who in the mid-1800s described a Texas prairie “as if clothed with rainbows that waved to and fro,” and a modern-day fourth-grader from Woodville, who penned, “Thousands of blooming hands reaching in the sun … Marching through the meadow with hearts aglow.”

Wildflowers of Texas

February 18, 2014 | By

Texas Highways has chosen 30 of Texas’ most common wildflowers to identify and celebrate. It is a brief introduction to the splendor of a Lone Star spring – just a sampling of the more than 5,000 blooming plants in our lush state, so forgive us if we’ve omitted your particular favorite.

Some Like It Hot

June 22, 2010 | By Steven Schwartzman

While Texans usually make a beeline indoors (or to the nearest swimming hole) on sweltering summer days, some of our native wildflowers revel in the heat.

Trips to Bountiful 2010: Heart of the Hill Country

March 23, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

From Lampasas, take FM 580 west about 20 miles to Bend. Along the way, you may see delicate white windflowers, yellow tansy-mustard, and prairie penstemon.

Trips to Bountiful 2010: Nueces River Valley

March 23, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

Start in Brackettville with a visit to Fort Clark, a cavalry post built in 1852 near Las Moras Springs.

Trips to Bountiful 2010: Upper Coast

March 23, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

From Beaumont, head north on US 96 about 10 miles to Village Creek State Park. This heavily wooded preserve occupies a bend of its name-sake creek, a free-flowing stream that offers a flat-water canoe float through the heart of the Big Thicket to the Neches River.

Trips to Bountiful 2010: Llano Estacado

March 23, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Canadian River winds through the windswept Llano Estacado, or Staked Plains, in the Texas Panhandle north of Amarillo.

Trips to Bountiful 2010

March 23, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

After an unusually cold, wet, and blustery winter, spring couldn’t come soon enough to Texas this year.

Trip to Bountiful: Texas Highways Wildflower Drives

March 12, 2009 | By Melissa Gaskill

For the enlightened and adventurous traveler, serendipity transforms every trip: Hiking a new trail and rounding a bend to encounter an unexpected vista, journeying to a destination you’ve heard about—or visiting a familiar place with someone who’s never been—without an agenda.

Flowers of Observation

March 12, 2009 | By Jill Lawless

“I have found that the most important thing to do is to research different varieties of wildflowers in an area before actually looking for them.

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