Bluebonnets Spring Up in North Texas

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    NBC 5 Photojournalist Juan Rodriguez spotted bluebonnets along Interstate 30 at State Highway 360 in Arlington on Friday. (Published Friday, Mar 21, 2014)

    It's a sure sign of spring in Texas, Bluebonnets have started to spring up alongside highways in North Texas.

    We spotted bluebonnets along Interstate 30 at State Highway 360 in Arlington, near Six Flags Over Texas.

    NBC 5 viewers Sheri Hemrick spotted bluebonnets at Lake Whitney last week.

    And Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock took a photo in Big Bend National Park, which were a different species and because they're in the desert are taller and more abundant.

    The state flower often shows up in early March, but bluebonnets usually peak around the third week of April. That's according to VisitEnnis.org and they should know Ennis is the "Official Bluebonnet City" and home to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival each year.

    The 2014 wildflower forecast is expected to be colorful.

    For public sightings, visit the Wild About Texas Wildflowers website, contact the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) at 1-800-452-9292, or view TxDOT's online flora map. Additionally, more info can be found on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's website.

    We've also found the website TexasBluebonnetSightings.com to be helpful, you can keep up with sightings across the state via Facebook and Twitter.

    Share your bluebonnet sightings in the comments section below, and send your bluebonnet photos AND VIDEOS (taken without trampling) to isee@nbcdfw.com or upload them (click here).

    Remember there are no laws against shooting photographs in the bluebonnets, nor is it illegal to pick a few, but TxDOT discourages picture-taking that damages the wildflowers. If too many wildflowers are trampled, they will die and not go to seed, and since many of these flowers are annuals, this means they have to go to seed to come back the next year. That's also why picking the flowers is discouraged.