Texas is the home of some 5000 flowering plant species that proudly bloom on highways and places all over the state, making Texas something like a haven, manicured by beautiful lively colors. The state is an exceptional plant habitat for many flower types that spring gorgeously in different seasons with March, April and May as their prime blooming months.
Among the most common wildflowers in Texas are bluebonnet, Indian paintbrush, Drummond phlox, verbena, pink evening primrose, brown-eyed Susan, winecup, spotted beebalm, gayfeather, blackfoot daisy, blue-eyed grass, white prickly poppy - just to name a few plants in this lush state.
Austin, the state's capital city is where you will find the University of Texas Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The center is devoted to the preservation and use of native Texas plants. You can pay a visit here to learn about flowers, nature trails and see display gardens.
Make sure to mark your calendar for the Texas Rose Festival! Known as Tyler Rose Festival back in 1930's, the Texas Rose Festival is a 3-day event held annually in Tyler, Texas to celebrate the growing industry of roses in the local economy. It takes place on every 3rd week of October, drawing thousands of tourists. The Festival only halted during World War II and was then continuously held as an annual event.
If you want to have a picture perfect view or a family photo of some sort while on the road, there are loads of species just on the road side. Here’s a quick guide for that.
Brenham and Big Bend Highway Wildflower Drives
Drive around on upstrokes of colors along with postcard-perfect landscapes. There's a 90-mile drive kick-starting from Brenham area. Head northeast to Texas 105 and you'll get through pastures, rolling hills and beautiful flowers like verbena, skullcaps and coral bean. Just a few miles from the city's limits are the Monastery Miniature Horse Farm and you'll get to see cute, little waist-high horses. You can also take the route passing by the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Pass through Chappell Hill's quaint, take the Austin exit to Brenham and along the stretch of highway you'll see bluebonnets swaying with the winds. There'd be yellow wild indigo, blue-eyed grass and thistles too!
Go for the RM 170 west route and it'll take you to Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center, the home of 1100 plant specimens. Stop by to learn about geology, natural history, and a beautiful desert garden. Head to Presidio and enjoy the views of cacti, cat claws, fiddlelaf, cenizo, and rock nettles. You can then stop over to hike the Closed Canyon where you can observe riparian denizens.