Texas Wildflower Forecast Is Short Of Spectacular

DALLAS (February 20, 2013)--The wildflower crop across Texas isn't expected to be spectacular in the early spring this year, but there could be a rebound before early summer.

Drier than normal conditions since the fall mean early wildflowers won't be as hardy in many Texas regions, Damon Waitt with the University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center said, but he said says intermittent rains since last month will help those plants and boost blooms in late spring and early summer.

Waitt said Wednesday that Indian paintbrush, bluebonnets and other early spring bloomers won't likely be as plentiful this year.

He said winter rains should help late spring and early summer wildflowers, including horsemint and Indian blanket.

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