En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?


Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
rate this answer
1 rating

Thursday - January 03, 2008

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: When do bluebonnets bloom in Austin
Answered by: Nan Hampton


When do Blue Bonnets bloom in Austin? We have someone who wants to come visit and see the Blue Bonnets and I want to tell them the right time of year.. Thanks!!


The short answer is, depending on the rainfall and the winter/spring temperatures, bluebonnets can begin blooming as early as late February/early March. However, the peak of the bloom season is usually around the first weekend in April.

This is a question we get quite frequently so I am going to refer you to an in-depth answer from last year for more information about seeing wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country.

We hope that you will bring your friends to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center when they are here to see the bluebonnets.


From the Image Gallery

Texas bluebonnet
Lupinus texensis

More Wildflowers Questions

More on bluebonnets
June 22, 2004 - When do the bluebonnets bloom in the Austin - San Antonio, Texas area?
view the full question and answer

Native flowers for color year round
May 02, 2007 - I have the opportunity to recommend plants for a religious organization. They want YEAR ROUND color in some areas, much like how commercial sites use annual color. I would like to suggest native/ada...
view the full question and answer

Wildflower trails in the Hill Country in Texas from Austin
February 13, 2011 - Where can I find information about wildflower trails in the Hill Country (from Llano southward to Uvalde area)? I am planning a driving trip the week of April 18th.
view the full question and answer

Bluebonnets in Vermont
December 18, 2011 - Hi - I visited my sister in early November and we were given a sample of bluebonnet seeds. I live in Vermont, though and did not try to plant them in the ground here, as I believe they will not surviv...
view the full question and answer

Pruning Gaura
February 19, 2015 - My Gaura lindheimeri is very "leggy", but is blooming well at the end of the spindly stems. Should I prune it back or leave it?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center