Big Bend Bluebonnet – Today’s Photo from the Archives

An outstanding specimen of the Big Bend Bluebonnet – Lupinus havardii. This variety, a member of the pea family, is much larger than Lupinus subcarnosus – The Texas bluebonnet. The Big Bend Bluebonnet is distinguished by its deep color and bright yellow central splotches. Much  taller  than  most  bluebonnets,  this species grows 3-4  ft.  high  with  the  flowers  on  the  upper part of  the  stalk.  This lupine is a winter  annual  and can be readily found along the roadsides in late winter or early spring.

All  Lupinus  species are the official  state  flower of Texas.

Big Bend is the home to many unique species of plants. Besides having more than 65 species of cactus, it is also the home for other succulents and even terrestrial orchids. Many of these are found mostly in Mexico and are limited in the US to the extreme southwest border.

Big Bend Bluebonnet
Big Bend Bluebonnet