Texas Day by Day
On this day in Texas history…
Bluebonnet proclaimed state flower
March 7th, 1901
On this day in 1901, the Texas legislature proclaimed the bluebonnet the state flower. In the 1930s the state began a highway-beautification program that included scattering bluebonnet seed beside roadways, thus extending the flower's range. The flower--called in some Indian lore a gift from the Great Spirit--is the subject of countless photographs and paintings. It usually blooms in March and April.