Botanic Notables: Texas Bluebonnets

October 06, 2011
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Historians enjoy recounting a heated battle that played out in the Texas Legislature in 1901. The debate was over a flower—specifically, deciding on one that was emblematic of the state, and appropriate for its official flower. One legislator argued for the cotton boll, another for the cactus blossoms. But, fortunately for anyone who has enjoyed the blue rolling hills of a springtime in Texas, a group of women on the floor—representing the National Society of Colonial Dames of America—were ardent advocates of the bluebonnet (Lupinus subcarnosus). The women won.