Spring wildflowers, spring equinox, spring break…all reasons to visit my coastal world, the North Bay of the Texas Coastal Bend. The Gulf beaches may be a final destination for the first day of spring, but the varied colored carpets of flowers scattered along the highways and streets as you make your way will brighten the day.
The wildflower recognized by most visitors is the bluebonnet, the Texas State Flower. Patches of blue can be found along the Interstate Highways, especially in the Hill Country. Strips tinted orange by the Indian paintbrush are usually seen in the similar areas.
As you come closer to the coast, more of the wildflowers are smaller and closer to the ground but still appear as splotches of color scattered in the grassy areas. The Indian blanket may be seen throughout the state as individual flowers but when there is a mass, it looks like a red, orange and yellow blanket.
The pink evening primrose is also found in much of the state but in the southern coastal region, the bloom remains open from morning thru the evening.
Here in the sandy soil of my coastal world, the winecup provides a deep purple carpet swatch on top of the grass-covered ground.
There are many wildflowers making their appearance during March and April each year. This link will take you to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s list of Texas species featured in Texas Wildflowers by Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller. This site will help to identify these two common wildflowers photographed in Aransas Pass.
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