In central Texas, they bring Bluebonnets! Take a trip and see the state flower of Texas blooming all along the roadside. Start your trip at the state capital in Austin and drive on Highway 183 North to FM 1431 West to the Hill Country. Be prepared for cars by the dozen pulled over and taking family pictures and just enjoying the air with their perfumed scent. Some people even say this is the biggest reason Texas highways were designed with shoulders. Remember to thank Lady Bird Johnson for these incredible wildflowers, as she was a big influence in the highway beautification program. TXDOT scatters 30,000 pounds of wildflower seeds per year by the highways. While you are taking your pictures and you just have the urge to pick some to take them home, someone may tell you it is illegal to pick the bluebonnets because they are the state flower. This is a myth! Texas Department of Public Safety, the agency that encompasses the highway patrol and whose job it would be to enforce such legislation says, "There is no law against picking our state flower." So take some home with you to brighten up the kitchen table!
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