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Texas Hill Country Wilflowers

Texas has over 5,000 native wildflower species. These are the products of the state’s different ecosystems. The Texas Hill Country is defined by limestone cliffs, granite outcrops and hidden springs, providing diverse habitats for wildflowers. Favorite wildflowers found around in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, include bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, phlox, Mexican poppy, winecups, Indian blanket and lemonmint.

The Texas Department of Transportation has activated their toll-free wildflower hotline providing callers with automated information on the best locations for wildflowers along the 79,000-mile Texas highway system. Call 1-800-452-9292 or visit www.dot.state.tx.us.

You may want to plan a day trip to Austin, the state capital, to explore the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, located at 4801 La Crosse Ave. Admission is charged. For more information on wildflowers at the research center, call (512)292-4200 or visit their website at www.wildflower.org/?nd=sightings

www.wildflowerHaven.com   Site provided by Wildflower photographer and writer Rich Oliveri www.Instar.com/wildflowers/  This wild about wildflowers site offers sightings and other information

A free "Wildflowers of Texas" brochure is available by writing to the Travel Division of the Texas Department of Transportation at P.O. Box 149249, Austin, Texas 78714-9249.

 

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