Wednesday Bluebonnet report

"a rosette of leaves that are palmately compound with 5-7 leaflets 3-6 cm long, green with a faint white edge and hair." from Wikipedia. Photo by Suzann Coffey

Thanks to my Central Texas correspondent, Suz, I now have actual pics of the bluebonnet crop in my hometown…or around it!  She was evidently out and about Sunday hunting down bluebonnet plants and by golly, she found them!

This plant will continue to produce more leaves and will grow anywhere from 5″ to 12″ tall, give or take. The month of March and the rains that may fall will greatly affect the plant’s blooms eventually. 

The bluebonnet is considered a biennial and first takes root in the preceding fall, which is why Texans watch the fall skies for rain.  They know that if there’s little rain, the bluebonnet crop will be sparse the next spring.  The seeds are rock hard so I always drill a tiny hole in the outer shell with a straight pin and then soak the seeds in water for a day or so.  It takes the seeds a couple of weeks to get going good.  Once you establish a stand of bluebonnets, they will reseed themselves and chances are, you’ll have beautiful flowers every year.  Maybe.  

photo by Jason St. Peter

Also a thanks to Suz for the introducing this great photo from Jason St. Peter

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