For a riot of spring color, head to North Texas in late March to early April. The annual flowers of spring virtually cover the region with bluebonnets, Texas paintbrush, Purple coneflowers, Black -Eyed Susan, moss verbena and buttercups. Families can be seen on the sides of highways dressed in their Sunday best for a photograph in the brilliant sea of flowers. Travel along any major North Texas highway and even back roads to view the spectacular annual flowers of Texas.
As the Texas State Flower, the bluebonnet, is the most prevalent and most beautiful North Texas annual flower. There are actually five species of bluebonnets native to Texas, therefore all five have been listed as recipients of the Texas State Flower title. The Lupinus texensis is the favorite of most artists and photographers as it is the largest, hardiest and most easy to grow. Seeds should be planted in the fall and covered with soil for a healthy spring bloom. This North Texas annual prefers growing on a well drained slope in full sun, which is why it grows so well along the sides of the highways. Bluebonnets grow 8 to 16 inches tall.
The Texas paintbrush also blooms from March through May, and quite frequently side by side with the majestic bluebonnets. The combination of the blues and this red-orange flower is a sight to behold. They too, prefer a well- drained sloped area with plenty of sunshine. Seeds should be planted in the fall. This North Texas annual grows from 6 to 18 inches tall.
Although the Black-Eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland, they can be seen throughout North Texas during the summer months of June through September. They are native to Texas and often spring up once the bluebonnets and Texas paintbrushes have died off. Their cheerful yellow and brown blooms thrive in full sun and are easy to cultivate. This plant is a favorite among birds, bees and butterflies. Very hardy and drought tolerant, the Black-Eyed Susan makes a great showing anywhere it is planted. It can grow to heights of 36 inches.
Article Written By Lea Ann Fessenden-Joseph
Lea Ann Fessenden-Joseph, a professional freelance writer, spent more than 20 years with a major airline and enjoys writing about travel, health, alternative medicine and interior decorating. She is the National Caribbean Travel Examiner and her work has been featured in the "Dallas Morning News," "Caribbean Property and Lifestyle Magazine," Gadling, Travels and numerous other publications. Fessenden-Joseph attended Texas Christian University.