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Bluebonnets in Texas

Post 1


It is not illegal to pick bluebonnets in Texas, merely strongly discouraged.

Department of Public Safety
there is no law against picking our State Flower. However, there are laws against criminal trespass so make sure you're not on private property when you stop to take your annual kids-in-the-bluebonnets photo

Bluebonnets in Texas

Post 2

Baron Grim

Nope, there are no specific protections for blue bonnets in the state codes. There WAS a prohibition from 1903 that states:
That from and after the taking effect of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person or persons ... in any of the public grounds of this State ... to cut, pull, break, bruise, remove or in anywise injure any tree, or shrub or vegetation of any kind growing thereon.
but that was over ridden by a 1973 revision to the Texas Penal Code which " concerns the reckless damage and destruction of public property, which can be interpreted to include excessive removal or destruction of plant life. In other words, shoveling up stretches of topsoil to transplant wildflowers, a practice that is not uncommon, is certainly prosecutable"

So, while there is no specific protection for blue bonnets, they are protected by a nearly unanimous belief that there IS a law prohibiting it.

Also, blue bonnets are annuals and have to be reseeded each year, so it's better to leave them there.

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