Bluebonnets Spring Up in North Texas

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.

Cedar Hill State Park also reported on Twitter that a few of the flowers popping up near Joe Pool Lake.

Last year the state flower showed up in early March, but this year the bluebonnets are expected to peak around the third week of April. That's according to and they should know Ennis is the "Official Bluebonnet City" and home to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival each year.

As reported in February, The 2013 wildflower forecast isn't as colorful as 2012.

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 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 (taken without trampling) to 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.

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