Where To Find Bluebonnets in Houston this Spring
It's that time of year again. Texas Bluebonnet season runs throughout Spring from about March-May, depending on rains and the length of winter. Houston is home to many reliable bluebonnet beds and fields, and of course, there are iconic spots on the outskirts of town perfect for photos. We've rounded up some spots where you can snap some of those pictures in and around Houston, and we'll continue to update this post as we find more locations. If you have a favorite spot to share, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bluebonnets around Houston: An overview
The Bluebonnet is the official state flower of Texas. Technically, Texas has five state flowers - all different species of the Bluebonnet that grow in different regions and have slight deviations in appearance. And it is perfectly legal (and encouraged!) to grow these beauties at your home; it's best to plant them in the fall, September through mid-November. Also, it's a common myth that you cannot pick bluebonnets. And while this is false, Bluebonnet enthusiasts are discouraged from taking large swathes of the flowers when out picking.
And when it comes to taking photos, don't be discouraged if you only come across a small patch. Remember: Angles, angles, angles. The position of your child and angle of the camera can turn a tiny patch into a sprawling field. And lastly, be kind to the flowers - try to minimize the stomping and squashing!
Yearly bluebonnet sightings
- Buffalo Bayou. The park usually has patches across its entire property, and in years past there have been more on the south bank of the bayou. You can park at The Dunlavy, walk the trail about half a mile and you'll usually find them past the first bridge. Address: 1800 Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, Houston.
- Northwest Houston - Cypress. Fallbrook near the Wortham subdivisions. Additionally, both the front and back of the Bridgelands neighborhood have bluebonnets planted.
- The Woodlands. Visit the spacious Rob Fleming Park for patches of bluebonnets. The park is perfect for an afternoon out, so make a day of it and bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the amenities, from fishing to the various playgrounds. Address: 6055 Creekside Forest, The Woodlands.
- Stude Park. Off White Oak Bayou at Studemont and White Oak (near I-10). Because this is a park, you won't have to struggle to find parking or places to sit. Address: 1031 Stude, Houston
- Various spots off Memorial Drive. If you park off Memorial Loop, there are patches just a short walk away near the road all the way to Loop 610.
- White Oak Bayou near Loop 610 and 18th St. The stretch of the bayou that runs alongside TC Jester from W. 34th St. to Ella Boulevard (near 18th St.) typically has tons of flowers perfect for pictures.
- League City. Flowers grow yearly in League City on Hwy. 96 in between I-45 and Hwy. 3. Check out nearby Hometown Heroes Park at 1001 E. League City Parkway, League City
- Medical District. The corner of Almeda Road and S. MacGregor Way has a beautiful patch each year, but it can be difficult to access.
- Montrose/Fourth Ward. Spotts Park typically has large patches every year on the southwest side of the park, so check here if your search for Bluebonnets along Memorial Drive isn't fruitful. Address: 401 S. Heights Blvd., Houston.
- Energy Corridor/West Houston. Terry Hershey Park usually has plenty of flowers to go around, and the park itself has fun amenities to make for a good afternoon out - from playgrounds to fishing to hiking trails. Address: 15200 Memorial Drive, Houston.
- West Houston. Blessington Farms plants Bluebonnets every year in its flower patch. It's best to call ahead to check their status before planning your visit. Address: 510 Chisholm Trail, Wallis.
- Spring. The Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens has a small patch in its native wildflower/flower section, but don't expect a massive field. Address: 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble.
- Southwest. The spanning green spaces at the Willow Waterhole Greenway typically have plenty of patches of Bluebonnets. It's a huge park (291 acres to be exact), so you won't feel crowded by your fellow Houstonians. Address: 5300 Dryad Drive, Houston.
- Sugar Land. Master-planned community Telfair has Bluebonnets that bloom along the river that runs north-south through the territory, specifically near the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, which is at New Territory and University Blvd.
- Pasadena. Close to the Beltway and Crenshaw. The field is usually full of wildflowers.
- Pearland. Bluebonnets bloom yearly on the roadside of 1-35 W between Pearland and Alvin.
- If you drive along I-10 west toward San Antonio you will likely encounter several patches not too far past Katy. We will continue to update this post with exact locations as we find them.
- Drive out on Hwy. 290 toward Austin, and there are usually large patches near Washington County and east of Brenham. You could make a fun day trip out of this and visit the Blue Bell Ice Cream creamery.
- Drive north on I-45 toward Conroe and take exit 89; there are several patches along the road.
Photo courtesy of Sweet Pecks Photography
This post originally published in March 2017.