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Continued Rain Benefits Wildflower Blooms In Austin

Updated: Monday, March 19 2012, 05:11 PM CDT
Blankets of bluebonnets are covering Austin and Central Texas. A drive on Mopac proves this is a lush wildflower season and our recent rains are keeping the flowers in perfect form.

Early spring rains have helped Texas bluebonnets and other native plants grow, as well as boosting their blooms and the germination of developing summer wildflowers. Among the locations to see good stands of the state flower in Austin are along U.S. 290 near S. Lamar Blvd. and along Mopac.

At the Wildflower Center, clusters of hundreds of Texas bluebonnets and California poppy and large buttercups are currently blooming. “All this rain has helped create a very lush Wildflower Center that will continue into future months,” said Damon Waitt, senior botanist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Unfortunately, bluebonnets and other Texas wildflowers are harder to spot along roadways when they are mixed in with stands of invasive species such as bastard cabbage with its highlighter-yellow blooms.

To find the best viewing spots for bluebonnets and other wildflowers, call the Texas Department of Transportation at 1-800-452-9292 or click here.

To determine whether a plant in your yard is an invasive one, click here.Continued Rain Benefits Wildflower Blooms In Austin

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