Whether you thank Mother Nature or Lady Bird Johnson, the Texas Hill Country is the home of wildflowers. Drawing many visitors during the spring, the Gillespie County wildflower season is usually like a fireworks display on the ground — filled with bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush, Mexican Hat and many others.
2021 Wildflower Update:
Throughout the Texas Hill Country wildflowers will bloom later than normal. Moisture in the first two months of 2021 have helped the bluebonnets and other wildflowers, but a lack of precipitation in the fall of 2020 will hinder overall bloom. Texas’ unseasonably cold February did not damage the wildflowers, but it did slow down the growth leading to the later bloom.
On roadsides and fields, flowers will begin blooming in early April, while at Wildseed Farms, the red poppies will likely be blooming in mid-April – about two weeks later than a “normal” year.
Places to See Wildflowers
The arrival and location of wildflowers is not always an exact science. Weather as well as other factors play a part in when and where wildflowers will pop up each spring. Below is a look at some areas that generally have an abundance of color around Fredericksburg. The scenic drives to these locations can also provide breathtaking wildflower views. Insider tip: Be sure to respect the traffic laws and private property.
No matter when you visit, you are most likely to find something blooming at Wildseed Farms, the nation’s largest working wildflower farm located just outside Fredericksburg. You can walk the pathways that wind through the magnificent fields, find a perfect selection of wildflower seeds in the gift shop to make your own display at home, or sit and enjoy lunch at the café.