Maroon Bluebonnets Must Go, UT Officials Say

The Aggie-maroon bluebonnets that bloomed on the University of Texas in Austin must go, officials say.

(Texas A&M photo/file)

AUSTIN (April 15, 2014) The Aggie-maroon bluebonnets that mysteriously bloomed in the shadow of the UT Tower must go, officials at the University of Texas in Austin say.

It's believed that Texas A&M pranksters at some point planted the seeds for a variant of bluebonnet known as Alamo Fire, which is a shade of maroon.

The Texas A&M colors are maroon and white.

Markus Hogue, who’s UT's coordinator for irrigation and water conservation, said the Alamo Fire will be removed soon.

Any maroon bluebonnet that's seen next year will be immediately pulled, he said.

But with much of Texas deep in drought, Hogue did give the suspects credit for choosing a plant that needs little watering.

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