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Bluebonnet

The bluebonnet was made the State Flower of Texas in 1901. Actually, the Sandyland bluebonnet was first named the state flower, but for 70 years people argued about which bluebonnet was the prettiest. In 1971, Texas officially named all varieties of bluebonnets in Texas the state flower.
This resulted in five state flowers.

  • Lupinus texensis - Texas bluebonnet
  • Lupinus subcarnosus - Sandyland bluebonnet
  • Lupinus Havardii - Big Bend bluebonnet
  • Lupinus concinnus - annual lupine
  • Lupinus plattensis - dune bluebonnet
  • General Information
    1. In what habitats would you expect to find Texas bluebonnets?
      • It is not easy to get this information from collection records, but you can see the different types of habitats that occur in the Concho Valley. For more information, visit the ASNHC Plant Database.
    2. In what other states do Northern Texas bluebonnets live?
      • VertNet is an online database with information from many collections, such as the ASNHC. You can go to the website and search for Lupinus texensis. Then select the map option.
  • Questions
    1. How many Texas bluebonnets are stored in our collection?
    2. Where in Texas is the Texas bluebonnet found?
    3. Which seasons are Texas bluebonnet usually seen?
    4. When were the oldest specimens caught?
    5. Where were the oldest specimens caught?

    For answers, use the ASNHC Collection of Plants Searchable Database.

    Preserved Bluebonnet Lupinus Texensis specimen image gallery and questions

    1. Can you tell where it was found?
    2. Who collected it?
    3. On what date it was collected?

    For answers, use the ASNHC Collection of Plants Searchable Database to find this specimen. The number in the upper right 21571 (ignore the 0) is our ASNHC number.

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