Experts say fall, winter rains should help bring great wildflower season to Texas



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DALLAS — Experts say fall and winter rains in many areas across Texas will help bring impressive wildflower blooms.

The University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center said Wednesday that wildflowers should start blooming in earnest in North Texas and some other areas with the arrival of warmer weather. Wildflowers though have already been spotted in some areas, including in and around Big Bend National Park, where Texas bluebonnets — the state flower — are blooming. Near Houston, bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush are popping up near Interstate 10.

Mark Simmons, the wildflower center's program director, says he expects early bloomers like bluebonnets and pink evening primrose to be "stunning."

He says recent temperature swings shouldn't hamper blooms since early spring wildflowers have adapted to Texas' weather extremes.

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