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Friday - March 14, 2003

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: More on bluebonnets
Answered by: Stephen Brueggerhoff

QUESTION:

How did the bluebonnet get its name?

ANSWER:

I have not specifically seen any written attribution of how the Bluebonnet received its common name. I am assuming that the name was derived from the shape of the flower; the part of this 5-petaled flower that makes up the "bonnet" shape is called the banner, showcasing this lupines beauty as they dot the landscape during the Spring season.

 

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Texas bluebonnet
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