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Quit calling these bluebonnets - they are grape hyacinths

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 11:51:10-04

During the spring in Texas, social media is just a blue sea of Texas' favorite wildflower. You can't call yourself a Texan unless you have posed in a field of bluebonnets.

But, newbies to the area still make a critical mistake - calling grape hyacinths bluebonnets. Grape hyacinths are cobalt blue, and they have small bell-shaped flowers. They look like a cluster of grapes. They are perennials, and they definitely are not bluebonnets.

A true Texas Bluebonnet is typically royal blue, and they are annuals. They also are known to be white at the tip and have small petals.

There are six different types of bluebonnets, but the ones most commonly seen in Central Texas are the Lupinus Texensis.

In the photo, the left is a bluebonnet and the right is a grape hyacinth.

Now, you can correctly label your bluebonnet photos!