Is it actually illegal to pick bluebonnets in Texas? 


You’d sit right smack on top of them to pose for a picture, but you’d probably think twice before picking a bluebonnet. 

It seems at some point in our beloved state flower’s history, word got around that picking the friendly little bonnets was punishable by law. 

But is it true?

In a 2014 American-Statesman report, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said it’s one of the questions they are most asked as the annual crop of bluebonnets and paintbrush wash across Texas fields and highways in mid-to-late March.” DPS officials said there is “no law against picking our state flower.” 

Good news, bluebonnet-pickers. You’re safe.

READ: Bluebonnets already? Texans note early arrival of state flower

There are, however, laws against trespassing on private property, if you have to do that to pick bluebonnets, and there are laws protecting government property, so “don’t drive your vehicle in the midst of them.”

This time last year, with a record-breaking early arrival, bluebonnets had already been spotted along Texas highways. Let us know if you see any on your commute and rest easy knowing you can pick them with abandon!


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