Maroon Bluebonnets Bloom On University Of Texas Campus

(Texas A&M photo/file)

AUSTIN (April 11, 2014) Maroon bluebonnets are blooming in flower beds in the shadow of the University of Texas Tower in Austin.

Speculation is rife that the appearance of the variant known as Alamo Fire, which is a shade of maroon, is the work of Aggie pranksters.

Texas A&M’s colors are maroon and white.

Texas A&M horticulturists developed the maroon variety in the 1980s in an attempt to plant a floral Texas flag in honor of the state's sesquicentennial.

The recessive maroon hue will recede over time to the bluebonnet's dominant shade of indigo, Texas A&M professor and horticulturist Doug Welsh said.