State Workers Planted Those Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas and they’ll be at their peak for another week or two. Travelers are noticing them along highways in Texas, and they’re not there by accident. The Texas Department of Transportation has been planting wildflower mixes, including bluebonnet seeds, since 1929, and the Daily Times reports they sow about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed each year. It’s an effort to draw visitors, make highways more aesthetically pleasing, control erosion rates, and make roads safer. The TxDOT website said the department discourages picture taking that damages the flowers and picking them, since that will cause them to die and not go to seed to bloom next year.