Wildflowers? Experience Big Bend’s “Banner Year”

Driving along River Road in the Big Bend this year, motorists are catching an unusual site: abundant wildflowers stretching up the rugged hillsides.

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Most striking is the Big Bend bluebonnet, a larger version of the state flower that hugs Central Texas roadsides during the spring. It’s joined by blooms in a range of colors, including yellow rocknettle, which also improbably paint cliff faces, and the white and lavender bicolor fanmustard.

“There are things that are blooming that are weeds to me the rest of the year,” said Greg Henington, the owner of Far Flung Outdoor Center, an outfitter in the Terlingua area. “I don’t know what they are. There are a lot of…

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