2019 TEXAS WILDFLOWER AND BLUEBONNET SIGHTINGS REPORT
- 0 - Poor: very few wildflowers; not recommended
- 1 - Below Average: some scattered patches
- 2 - Average: light coverage
- 3 - Good: moderate coverage
- 4 - Very Good: some areas of heavy coverage
- 5 - Excellent: common areas of heavy to solid coverage; MUST SEE
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WILDFLOWER VIEWING GUIDEThese guidelines will help keep you safe and ensure future generations can also enjoy Texas wildflowers.
- 1. Dont trample or pick the wildflowers. Most wildflowers are annuals, meaning they need to produce seed to come back in following years. Walking, driving or sitting on bluebonnets or other wildflowers kills them, preventing them from reseeding and ever coming back.
- 2. Dont trespass. Over 98% of land in Texas is privately owned. Unless you are in a city, county, state or national park, you are on private land. Stay behind the fence or on the right-of-way. Trespassing is against the law and can result in arrest or worse, being shot.
- 3. Use caution. Pull over a safe distance from traffic. Be on the lookout for snakes, fire ants, bees, thorns, poison ivy, and holes in the ground. High vegetation also may harbor chiggers and ticks.
- 4. Enjoy. Texas has a lot of beauty that should not be taken for granted. Take time to stop and smell the wilflowers!
>April 5, 2019 Hill Country Fails to Impress
On Thursday April 4, I traveled over 300 miles through the Hill Country in search of wildflowers to photograph. Unfortunately, expectations for a bountiful season do not appear to be coming true. There are many wildflowers (bluebonnets, paintbrush and others) lining many of the roads, but fields of flowers were not as common, and I saw no areas that come close to the blooms seen this year south of San Antonio in the Poteet area and Atascosa county. Blooms in the Hill Country beyond the fence-lines were not yet at peak, and there were some areas that might improve IF we get appreciable rain very soon, AND temperatures remain moderate and not like the high of 94 I experienced during my trip. I by no means covered all major roads, so there may be areas that are really good, but Ive not seen them or heard about them from others. Here is a summary of my route:
- * Hwy 29 from Georgetown to Liberty Hill scattered wildflowers along the road, the only fields with any wildflowers were closer to Georgetown and consisted of verbena - Rating 1
- * Hwy 29 from Liberty Hill to Burnet wildflowers along the roads only, bluebonnets and paintbrush, light coverage - Rating 1-2
- * Hwy 29 from Burnet to FM 1431 roadside bluebonnets and paintbrush, average at best, occasionally extending into fields but with only light coverage - Rating 1-2
- * Hwy 29 from FM 1431 to Llano roadside bluebonnets, paintbrush and other assorted wildflowers that at times extend into fields beyond the fence-line, but with only light to moderate coverage - Rating 1-3
- * Hwy 71 from Llano to Fredonia roadside wildflowers especially paintbrush, mainly on the south portion near Llano, including some fields lightly to moderately covered in paintbrush; fewer and fewer wildflowers as you head west - Rating 1-3
- * FM 386 from Fredonia to Mason only scattered wildflowers along the road, very poor - Rating 0
- * US 87 from Mason to FM 783 roadside wildflowers that range from average to above average in spots; spotted a few fields with moderate coverage of bluebonnets - Rating 2-3
- * FM 783 from US 87 to Doss one of the best routes I saw, moderate to heavy coverage along the road, and some fields with light to moderate coverage of bluebonnets - Rating 2-4
- * FM 648 from Doss to US 87 some areas of verbena closer to Doss, then few wildflowers after that - Rating 0-1
- * US 87 from FM 648 north to FM 152 light to moderate roadside wildflowers including bluebonnets, downy paintbrush and others sometimes extending to fields with mainly light coverage, but moderate in a few areas - Rating 1-3
- * FM 152 from US 87 to Llano for a scenic drive, this was the best I saw; much of this route had moderate to heavy roadside coverage of bluebonnets and paintbrush and in many areas wildflowers extended beyond the fence-line into fields with light to moderate coverage of mainly bluebonnets. Closer to Llano (2-3 miles) there were some areas of heavily covered fields with bluebonnets, but very few areas were it would be safe to stop. Still these did not come close to what was seen in south Texas this year. - Rating 2-4
>March 25, 2019 Wildflower Super-bloom in Poteet Area
Predictions for an above average wildflower season have come true. The area south of San Antonio around Poteet is experiencing a well above average season the likes of have not been seen since 2010. Paintbrush are especially prolific this year, with countless acres covered in solid orange. Many large fields of Sandy-land bluebonnets are blooming as well, and to a lesser extent there is abundant groundsel, phlox and prickly poppies. On almost any road in this area you will find large fields of wildflowers. Flowers appear to already be at or just past peak, so get out there now if you want to see them at their best.
- * FM 476 west of Poteet many fields of paintbrush and bluebonnets, often mixed with groundsel, phlox and prickly poppies Rating 4-5
- * FM 2504 west of Poteet again large fields of bluebonnets and paintbrush and other wildflowers mixed in Rating 4-5
- * FM 1333, FM 2146 much the same, large fields of bluebonnets and paintbrush with other wildflowers mixed in Rating 4-5
Roadsides have been blooming with bluebonnets for some time now, but they are now thicker and appear at peak. In addition, blooms are starting to pop in vacant lots, fields and pastures in the Austin area; they are still early in bloom and will probably peak in 7-10 days. Much cooler weather is headed to central Texas this weekend with the possibility of rain. Cool temperatures and continued rainfall will extend the bloom. Some years have seen bluebonnets bloom all the way into May when conditions are just right. No widespread blooms have yet been reported from the Hill Country except for roadside blooms, but that should be changing in the near future with warm sunny days.
>March 21, 2019 Spring Arrives in South Central Texas with a BANG!
Wednesday was the Spring Equinox marking the first day of spring and mother nature is celebrating in south central Texas with a magnificent wildflower display. The bloom this year is near the level of the super-bloom that occurred in 2010. Sandy-land bluebonnets, phlox, paintbrush, groundsel, and prickly poppies are the predominant species.
Best areas I've seen so far are around La Vernia, Sutherland Springs, Floresville and Poteet.
- FM 467 many lots covered in thick paintbrush, bluebonnets, groundsel and phlox
- US 87 South of La Vernia many massive fields of mixed wildflowers, predominantly bluebonnets
- FM 539 nice displays along this road, but the largest field from past years has been plowed under
- FM 1470 large fields of paintbrush and bluebonnets
>March 19, 2019 - Big Bend / Hill Country / South Texas
>March 9, 2019 - Big Bend Superbloom
Not only is the Big Bend seeing a spectacular wildflower season this year, most of the desert southwest is as well. The season is well above average approaching what many call a "super bloom". Desert USA Wildflower Report
>March 3, 2019 - Spring Arrives to South and West Texas
I scouted along IH35 going north from Austin to Temple, and although bluebonnets are just starting to bloom in spots, I can't recall a year where I saw so many thick patches of bluebonnet plants. It should be an impressive roadside display this year in the coming weeks.
>February 20, 2019 - Early Bloomers
I scouted the areas south and east of San Antonio on Wednesday February 13, and conditions look the most promising since 2012. Areas visited included Devine, Natalia, Lytle, Moore, Bigfoot, Somerset and New Berlin. Wildflower seedlings were still very small, but abundant. Bottom line was it is still early, and I wouldn't expect any significant bloom for at least 3-4 weeks. In previous years this area peaked in late March and early April, but I expect this year to be several weeks earlier.
>February 12, 2019 - Spring Outlook
>January 11, 2019 - Rain continues...
OTHER WILDFLOWER REPORTS
Big Bend Report - wildflower conditions from DesertUSA website
2018 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2018
2017 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2017
2016 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2016
2015 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2015
2014 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2014
2013 Wildflower Report - previous wildflower report from 2013
2012 Wildflower Report - previous wildflower report from 2012
2011 Wildflower Report - previous wildflower report from 2011
2010 Wildflower Report - previous wildflower report from 2010
2009 Wildflower Report - previous wildflower report from 2009
WILDFLOWER FIELD GUIDESWildflowers of the Texas Hill Country - Best field guide for identifying wildflowers in the Hill Country
Wildflowers of Texas - Best field guide for state wide wildflower identification
Wildflowers of Texas Field Guide - A great pocket sized field guide, many of my pictures are included
Wildflowers of Houston and Southeast Texas - Good resource for Houston area and east Texas
Wildflowers of the Western Plains: A Field Guide - A good guide for west Texas including Big Bend
Cactus of Texas Field Guide - A great pocket sized guide to Texas cacti, includes some of my pictures
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