Every spring Texas gets the blues! Our native Bluebonnet wildflowers make their annual
appearance in colorful profusion. This painting was created by the nine artists of Canvas by
Canvas in tribute to our famous Texas trademark and its beautiful breath of blue. The deep
blue blossoms can be seen from March through May in many areas of Texas. A popular
spring pastime in Texas is photographing children, family members, and pets among the
bluebonnets and many families return to the same spot every year for photographs as part
of a family tradition.
In 1901, Lupinus subcarnosus (known also as Buffalo Clover) became the only species of
bluebonnet recognized as the state flower of Texas. However, Lupinus texensis (Texas
bluebonnet) emerged as the favorite of most Texans. As a result of this popularity, in 1971
the Texas Legislature made all species of bluebonnets the state flower! But Lupinus
texensis remains as the iconic Texas bluebonnet.
It is a persistent urban legend that it is illegal to pick bluebonnets in Texas, possibly because
the bluebonnet is Texas' state flower. In fact, it is perfectly legal to pick them. Part of the
confusion may stem from illegal activity associated with the picking of the flower, such as
parking along busy highways or trespassing on private property.
This painting was created in acrylics by nine different artists, each canvas signed discreetly.
It may be purchased framed in a custom-made wooden frame measuring 35” x 35”. "Texas
Blues" would make a lovely addition to the art collection of any proud Texan.
Bluebonnets - Texas State Flower