While bluebonnets (deservedly) get lots of attention each spring, there are some other blooms blanketing highways and fields that are worthy of your love and photos. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has a whole guide of the "Texas Top 20," featuring 20 wildflowers you're likely to see in the spring. Here are five that you might have already spotted or could find in the coming months.
THE TEXAS INDIAN PAINTBRUSH
The Texas Indian paintbrush, or Castilleja indivisa, is one of Texas's most recognizable flowers, especially due to its bright red color. You might spot the wildflowers hanging out among the bluebonnets this year. The Indian paintbrush is known for being unpredictable, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center says, and can have inconsistent seasons from year to year.
Like the Indian paintbrush, firewheels sport a bright red-orange color with yellow-tipped petals. Botanists know the flower as Gaillardia pulchella, but others might call it an Indian blanket. Firewheels usually appear around May and can tolerate heat and dryness, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center says.
PINK EVENING PRIMROSE
The pink evening primrose, or Oenothera speciosa, is native only to central grasslands from Missouri and Kansas down to northeastern Mexico the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center says. The flowers tend to open in close during different parts of the day, depending on where they are -- in the south, they will open in the morning and close in the evening.
Named for its chalice-like shape, the winecup is a hearty perennial that's very tolerant to drought, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The stems of the Callirhoe involucrata can spread along the ground up to 3 feet, forming a large mat.
Blackfoot daisies have white, toothed petals that surround yellow disk flowers. Honey-scented, low and bushy, the blackfoot daisy, or Melampodium leucanthu, can have up to 13 petals on the 1-inch wide flowers, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center says.
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