Best time to travel to Texas

Wildflowers

Every spring, Texas countryside gets transformed with yellow, blue, purple, and red blooms

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Texas boasts a vast territory and variety of climate types, which results in the great diversity of plants. Over 2,500 wildflower species are found in the Lone Star State. That doesn't include trees, shrubs, and cacti which Texas has in large numbers as well.

Lupinus texensis or the Texas bluebonnet is the state flower and undoubtedly the most iconic of all spring blooms in North Texas. Bluebonnets are most abundant in Hill and Washington Counties. The fields bloom from March until mid-April. The best place to spot these stunning wildflowers is Ennis, home of the "Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail" that spans 40 miles and attracts tens of thousands of visitors. The cities of Burnet and Fredericksburg offer quite impressive bluebonnet trails as well.

Red poppies typically bloom in Texas from mid-March through late April. Picture-perfect poppy sites in the state include Georgetown, where flowers are abundant right in the downtown, and Castroville in Medina county. In west Texas, El Paso boasts the fields of Mexican gold poppy and hosts the annual Poppy Festival in late March. White prickly poppy is another interesting variety, native to Texas. It blooms from March through June and can be spotted at various locations, in particular, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.

West Texas with its arid climate offers an array of unusual desert blooms, including yucca, desert marigold, and cacti species. Prickly pear cactus one of the most recognizable species and a state plant of Texas. Prickly pear usually has large orange-yellow flowers from April through June. You can look for it at the Big Bend National Park on the border with Mexico.

Texas wildflower season generally runs from late February through October. However, spring, especially April, is the best time for nature walks in the state. If you can choose just one location to visit, head to Hill Country. Wildseed Farm in Fredericksburg is the largest wildflower farm in America with the most impressive fields and meadows. Nearby Willow City Loop is ablaze with color throughout spring and summer.

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