The Legend of the Pink Bluebonnet

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It’s that time of year when Texans are delighting in rolling fields blooming with our beloved state flower, the bluebonnet. Hundreds of pictures are posted and shared as families take drives to the Hill Country to snap a shot of these bold blue wildflowers. What many of them do not know, however, is that there is another strain of bluebonnets, one that is singular not only in its beauty but in its scarcity: the pink bluebonnet. The legend of this rare wildflower is touching, and illustrates how the fight for Texas’ freedom means so much to our people, even today.

Remembering A Legend

Pink bluebonnets with maroon bluebonnets in the background

Photo: www.aggle-horticulture.tamu.edu

The legend begins with a young brother and sister making their way through a field, on their way to give their Lenten offerings at a nearby church. Their elderly grandmother follows slowly behind. When the girl notices a white flower in a field of blue, she points it out to her grandmother. Her grandma explains that these flowers are bluebonnets and that sometimes a rare white one grows among them. She explains how some even say the Lone Star flag was fashioned after a spot of white flowers surrounded by blue ones.

The boy then sees a pink one and excitedly calls them over. The grandmother is silent for a moment as they all look down at the beauty of this wildflower. “If the white ones are special, then the pink ones mean even more,” she says. She then begins to tell them a story her grandmother told her when she was a little girl, about how the rare pink flowers only grow downstream from the mission ever since the battle that was fought there so many years ago.

Painting depicting the battle of the Alamo in San Antonio
Photo: www.tshaonline.org

It was when Texas was not part of the United States, but only a remote province of Mexico. The Americanos and other foreigners had not been settled here for long, but trade was busy, and we all had hopes of a golden future for our country.

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