Royal Blue Bluebonnet Named for Lady Bird

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    A new variety called the Lady Bird Johnson Royal Blue Bluebonnet has been discovered in fields where Texas A&M researchers were growing a maroon-colored bluebonnet. (Published Friday, Oct 25, 2013)

    We all know and love the bluebonnet, but this Spring you might see a new twist on the traditional state flower.

    A new variety called the Lady Bird Johnson Royal Blue Bluebonnet has been discovered in fields where Texas A&M researchers were growing a maroon-colored bluebonnet.

    Daphne Richards, a horticulture agent for the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service said the biggest change you'll see is that the flower is bluer than ever.

    "Our traditional bluebonnets are a little bit of a pale blue, still very pretty, this one just would be deeper and darker and then when you got close to it you'd notice that it would have actually more flowers on it as well," Richards said.

    Retailers in the university's Texas Superstar program are expected to carry seeds for both the new super blue Lady Bird variety and the Aggie maroon variation. Click here for a list of retailers.