For once, we’re actually getting an amazing spring here in Austin! As we saw last year, spring rains can cause a lot of problems, but they also do a lot of good. Our lake levels are way up this year, which means we’ll have tons of summer water fun and a nice drought cushion as we head into the dry season. Oh, and let’s not forget all the beautiful Austin flowers!

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!

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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

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Texas Bluebonnets. Photo: Flickr user gilldrums73, CC licensed

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

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Indian Paintbrushes. Photo: Flickr user 3w4v, CC licensed

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.



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