The bluebonnets are beautiful.
The bluebonnets are soft.
The bluebonnets make great photos.
But don’t damage our bluebonnets.
If you’re taking family photos, almost a Texas tradition in April, pose behind the flower patch. Not on it.
No Texas law specifically bans plucking the state flower itself. But there is a law against damaging public property, and that also applies to mashing wildflower beds, driving through them or pulling up entire clumps.
The Department of Public Safety also warns against criminal trespass — don’t go on private property — and don’t impede traffic or stop in no-parking zones like the Chisholm Trail Parkway.
The DPS’ flower tip: “Park off the roadway and shoulder on the same side of the road. Don’t walk or run across traffic.”
“Remember,” the DPS reminds, “Mother Nature and, in many cases, your fellow Texans scattered wildflower seeds along medians and roadways so that everyone could enjoy spring flowers.”
The Bluebonnet Trails promotion in the Ellis County town of Ennis begins this weekend. Guided bus tours are available weekends April 9-24.
Also, don’t forget: Watch out for the Texas snakes and fire ants.