Learn the legend of the bluebonnet

Plus, we dig into some of the local legends about the bluebonnets.

A person sits in a field of vibrant blue flowers.

Best state flower, hands down (we might be a bit biased).

Photo by @photofishtexan

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Bluebonnet season is here, and runs through mid-April. Last year, we dove into the flower’s legislative history, featuring some Texas heroines. But like any good Texan, we love legends as much as historical data, so we’re here to share a few stories behind the bluebonnet.

The lucky Lupinus

Some say Spanish explorers visited priests in the Holy Land who gave them seeds to take to the New World as good luck. (We’re inclined to believe the flowers are actually native to Texas.)

The Lady in Blue

The Jumano Indians have a legend from when Christian missionaries were traveling through Texas and New Mexico. They believed that a nun dressed in a cobalt cloak over her habit visited them in their dreams. They awoke to find the fields where they were sleeping covered in blossoms the same shade as her clothing.

From the One-Who-Dearly-Loved-Her-People

This one is told and illustrated in “The Legend of the Bluebonnet” by Tomie dePaola (author of “Strega Nona”). In this tale, a young Comanche girl lost her parents in a terrible drought. All she had left was a cornhusk doll they made her. To appease the Great Spirits and end the drought, she sacrificed her doll. The ashes scattered in the wind, and in the morning, the rain began to fall, spouting blue flowers when it hit the soil.

Photo of a dog in a field of bluebonnets.

Bluebonnet photos are a springtime must-do, especially when you have a very good girl like Lucy. | Photo by @ftwtoday

Ready to create your own bluebonnet stories? Here are a couple of spots to see bluebonnets: