More than anything, the wet and relatively cool weather we’re experiencing now has brought us a healthy crop of wild-blooming Austin flowers, which we’ll likely be able to enjoy well into May along our roadways and in our many green spaces. If you’ve been missing spring, now’s your chance to get your backside outside and soak in nature’s beauty!
On that note, we’ve put together this short guide to help you identify the 10 native, wild-growing Austin flowers you’re most likely to encounter during your spring adventures and bluebonnet photo-ops. Enjoy!
1.) The Texas Bluebonnet
Also known as: Texas Lupine, Buffalo Clover, Wolf Flower
As our state flower, the Texas Bluebonnet — aka. Lupinus texensis — is undoubtedly the most widely known native Texas wildflower. Despite that, we’ve still managed to round up 7 facts about this iconic annual that most folks aren’t aware of, so definitely check that out along with Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s listing for the Texas Bluebonnet in their online database if you’d like to learn more.
You also really need to see Over Austin‘s flyover drone footage of a field that possibly contains a billion bluebonnets. We drool over it, like, every day.
2.) The Indian Paintbrush
Also known as: Scarlet Paintbrush
The Indian Paintbrush, or Castilleja indivisa, is easily the Texas hill country‘s second most prolific wildflower. Paintbrushes are super easy to recognize, since they tend to grow taller than other native Texas wildflowers and are usually bright red — although some can be yellow or white. To learn more about this gorgeous bloom, check out LBJWC’s online database listing for the Paintbrush.