(CNN) — It may not technically be spring yet, but west Texas is already buzzing with the first sighting of bluebonnet flowers in Big Bend National Park.
Source: Jamie Wagner/ Instagram Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Buq2DiKASZZ/ Location: Big Bend National Park Date: 3/2/19
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“Blooms were first spotted in mid-February and are expected to last until the first week of April,” said Hannah Atteberry from Travel Texas. “A second bloom [is expected] later this fall from late August to early October.”
Source: Gary Kemp/ Instagram Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Buq764iBly4/ Location: Big Bend National Park Date: 3/6/19
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The bluebonnet is an iconic image for the Texas landscape and brings in thousands of tourists every year. A festival is held in the bluebonnet capital of Burnet, Texas, the second weekend of April to celebrate the blooms.
“The tall stems and showy flowers of L. havardii distinguish it from L. subcarnosus, a smaller, less showy species, which was originally designated as Texas state flower (in 1901),” the database says. “In 1971, however, the state legislature designated all Lupinus species as the official state flower.