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By Southern Living
March 02, 2020
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We've still got a few more months until peak bluebonnet season, but it seems like some blooms just couldn't wait.

Bluebonnets usually start popping up in March and April, but it appears that spring has come early in some parts of the Texas Hill Country this year. Not that we're complaining!

In a recent interview with KVUE, Daphne Richards, a horticulture agent for Travis County AgriLife Extension, called the early blooms "an encouraging sign" and noted that the sightings seem to be a new trend.

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"It's not their common practice," Richards explained. "With climate change and the weather being as sporadic as it is, it's not uncommon to see one or two pop early in the season these days."

According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the timing of the bloom is dependent on how rainy the previous fall and winter were. More rainfall means earlier bluebonnets.

At the moment, most of Texas' bluebonnets are just green leaves, but experts predict that we'll see more flowers on the state's roadsides in the next few weeks.

This article originally appeared on Southern Living by Meghan Overdeep.



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