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Wednesday - August 27, 2008

From: Austin, TX
Region: Select Region
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Bluebonnet blooming in late August
Answered by: Joe Marcus

QUESTION:

We have a bluebonnet plant in our front yard that has been blooming since July. We did not plant it, it just came up naturally. Is it rare to have a plant still blooming this time of year?

ANSWER:

Yes, it is rare in the sense that you will see very few bluebonnets flowering this time of year, but every year we see a few around during the summer and on into fall.  It's a great conversation piece, though.
 

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