The Texas Bluebonnets (lupinus texensis) are in bloom right now. This beautiful , hardy winter annual is native to Texas and has been adopted as the state flower of Texas. We have had some nice winter rains and so many wild flowers have been blooming this spring and the bluebonnets are in abundance.
They need good drainage and full sun to develop full, beautiful tall spires. Mine are in one of the pool gardens (where I have purple, blue and white flowered plants) and do not get direct sun as early as those that are located along the road side, but once the sun starts to hit them, the plant take off and thrive.
As the seeds pods develop, it becomes a challenge to get there at the right time to harvest them. If you are too late, the pod will have split and popped open scattering the seeds in every direction and all that remains is the two pod sections looking like corkscrews, each going in a different direction.
My mom has lupines growing in some of her gardens in Minnesota and I have always enjoyed them. I am thrilled to have the Bluebonnets (a relative) growing in mine.