Bluebonnet Bloom Status Update: Progress Looks Promising, but Don’t Pack Up the Kids and Cameras Just Yet

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Tony Maples Photography


We headed out on an extensive scouting trip over the soggy and chilly weekend, scouring hundreds of miles of Northern Hill Country roads to see how the bluebonnet season is coming along. While a few areas already have decent displays, forecasts of an early season may have been a bit overestimated. If things are a little ahead of a typical schedule, it’s only by a few days. All images are from the weekend of March 11th and 12th.

Most bluebonnet rosettes are in early bloom stages and will take some time to fill in.
Photo: Jason Weingart

Roadsides are beginning to fill in but are likely seven to ten days away from reaching peak bloom for most areas. Once they hit their peak, it should last for a couple of weeks, then at some point after that, the fields will fill in. For most of the Hill Country, it looks like we should be hitting peak bloom about the last week of March and there could be good displays lasting through the first three weeks of April.

It looks to be another banner year for paintbrushes. There were plenty mixed in with the bluebonnets and some small fields starting to fill in with the vibrant red wildflowers.

Bluebonnets aren’t the only wildflowers that make the Texas Hill Country extra magical in springtime.
Photo: Jason Weingart

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