Bluebonnets & Armadillo
It’s spring in Texas and that means Bluebonnets & Armadillo are everywhere! All over Texas you can find all types of beautiful wildflowers and critters including Bluebonnets & Armadillo.
Bluebonnets & Armadillo are found all over Texas and some would say it’s the official critter of Texas. In fact it is Texas’s official small mammal. Armadillo’s are sort of cute in their own weird way with tough outer shell, small ears, pointy nose and no hair they are about the size of a small dog. Armadillo means “little armoured one” in Spanish. They live around 12 to 15 years and they do carry leprosy so even though they are cute stay away from them. It would be hard to catch one anyway they scare pretty easy and can run very quickly when startled.
Bluebonnets were named the Texas state flower in 1901 by the Texas Legislature. They are also known as buffalo clover and el conejo in Mexico. They bloom for about six weeks in March and April. Best places to find them are in the Texas Hill Country but every year Terry Hershey Park in West Houston is full of Bluebonnets and many other native wildflowers. Bluebonnets & Armadillo are about as Texas as the state flag that’s so proudly flown all over the state.
How to grow Bluebonnets
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower centers website has a great article on how to grow bluebonnets. According to the website it will require some patience because they go from seek to flower in a year. But if you have the space in your yard or ranch it would be well worth the wait. The website also has a lot of good information on all types of wildflowers that grow in Texas.
There are many other beautiful wildflowers besides the Bluebonnet found in Texas and many of those can also be found in West Houston’s Terry Hershey Park. The Indian paintbrush also known as prairie-fire are bright red and are often found near Bluebonnets. Also there are pink and purple buttercup flowers also known as primrose and Black Eye Susan’s are just a few Texas wildflowers.
Video of Armadillo
I caught a quick video of this guy in Terry Hershey Park in Houston’s Energy Corridor. It was early morning and I found him running through the beautiful bluebonnets. Bluebonnets & Armadillo are so Texas I just could not resist getting out my phone and taking a video. Since they are nocturnal if you want to see one for your self you’ll need to get to the park early.
Connie Vallone Park West Real Estate Inc.