Annual. Blooms in summer for 4 weeks. 1' - 2' tall. Full sun. Multiple 1/2" blue flowers on spikes with a white terminal tip.
This charming wildflower and Texas native was declared the state flower of Texas in 1901. In the 1930's, the Texas Highway Department began planting Bluebonnets along most of the major highways. The roadsides today are fields of blue each spring when the Bluebonnets bloom, and cars frequently stop to take pictures of the scenic beauty. A member of the Lupine family, Texas Bluebonnets are the perfect choice for planting in mass in naturalized or wildflower areas. They can be grown in cooler climates, but are most successful in warm winter climates (Texas, California, Southern U.S. and coastal areas) where they can be started in the fall and over winter before spring blooming. They also require very well drained soil that is sandy or loamy. Though they are annuals, they do readily reseed themselves and come back the following year.
If planting for a wildflower bed, each 2 gram packet contains enough seed to cover a 15 square foot area. Bluebonnets are enjoyed by bees and butterflies and may also be used as a cut flower.
OUTDOORS: Warm winter climates: Sow seed in fall in September or October. In cold winter climates, sow seed as soon as the soil can be worked in spring.
INSIDE: Sow 8 weeks before average last frost. Sow in peat pots that can be planted directly into the ground without disturbing the roots.
SPECIAL GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS: Seed requires scarification, a process that helps to break the hard seed coat. Soak in water for 24 hours before planting or roll on sandpaper to slightly nick the outer surface. Be patient, as Bluebonnets may take 15 - 25 days or even as long as 6 weeks for germination. Be sure they are only lightly covered (1/8"), have good contact with soil, and do not dry out.