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10 Texas Wildflowers and Where to Find Them

By Jillian Kring 6.3.21

Texas is famous for its bluebonnets, but that’s just the surface of the abundant wildflowers in the state. Here’s a guide to 10 beautiful Texas wildflower species and where to see them bloom.

Texas wildflowers Drummond Phlox
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Drummond Phlox

Also known as Texas Pride, Drummond phlox is an iridescent red-and-pink flower that blooms in early spring. This wildflower variety may also boast less-common shades of blue and purple.
Where to see it: Spot the Drummond phlox on South Central Texas roadsides.

Texas wildflowers pink primrose
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Pink Evening Primrose

This unique pink-and-white flower awakens every evening to freshly bloomed petals and spends the day slowly dying.
Where to see it: Pink evening primrose can be found in North Texas from early to late spring.

Texas wildflowers Sunflower
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Common Sunflower

Sunflowers love dry, hot weather, making Texas a haven for these cheery flowers. Around 19 species of sunflower grow between March and December across the state.
Where to see it: Their petals appear in almost every wildflower field throughout the state, but some of the largest sunflower fields can be found in North Central Texas.

Texas wildflowers winecup
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This whimsical Texas wildflower looks like a little pink wineglass with a green stem. It is fantastically durable in dry weather.
Where to see it: Winecup can be found in the eastern, northern, and southern parts of Texas.

Texas wildflowers Mountain Pink
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Mountain Pink

These conspicuous flowers grow in lush pink clusters. Pioneers used the petals to reduce fevers, though now they’re only used for adding a dash of pink to Texas gardens and horizons.
Where to see it: Discover mountain pink in the hills of Central Texas throughout the summer.

Texas wildflowers blue-eyed grass
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Blue-Eyed Grass

It blooms in the spring when its thin, bright-green stem is indistinguishable from grass. At a quick glance at this flower in a field, the grass appears blue since its buds are so small.
Where to see it: This prairie flower thrives in East Texas and around the Gulf.

Texas wildflowers Gayfeather
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This woodland prairie flower blooms from mid-summer until December. Pale purple-hued petals adorn a featherlike stem, and a field of these may look more like a field of feathers than of wildflowers. Keep an eye out for butterflies and hummingbirds around these fields, as gayfeather seeds are a favorite treat of theirs.
Where to see it: Gayfeather fields bloom in prairies and plains. You’ll find them all around Texas, but they’re most prominent in Hill Country.

Texas wildflowers texas lantana
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Texas Lantana

This fiery-red, orange, and yellow cluster of flowers blooms year-round in South Texas. Cardinals and butterflies are often seen accenting these shrubs with their warm colors.
Where to see it: You’ll see them in South Texas, especially along the Gulf coast.

Texas wildflowers False Foxglvoe
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False Foxglove

This long-stemmed flower blooms in early spring. Its dainty, pastel cups accent sandy and rocky hills and fields.
Where to see it: False foxglove thrives in hills near the Gulf.

Texas wildflowers Rain Lily
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Rain Lily

This wispy, short-lived wildflower appears overnight after a rainstorm and disappears a few days later. Rain lilies have a long stem topped with beautiful white-and-pink-streaked, honey-scented flower buds. Make sure to catch this one before it’s gone!
Where to see it: Look for rain lilies the next time you’re in East Texas.

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