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Wildflowers Capital of Texas offers guide for best viewing

By Sonny Long
March 30, 2012 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 30, 2012 at 10:31 p.m.

Along Highway 183 near Cuero, fields of wildflowers are popping up everywhere, such as these daisies.

is it legal To Pick Bluebonnets?

There is no law against picking the state flower. There are laws against criminal trespass so make sure you are not on private property when you stop to take your annual kids-in-the-bluebonnets photo. There are laws against damaging or destroying rights-of-way and government property - so pick a few flowers, but don't dig up clumps of them and don't drive a vehicle into the midst of them.

SOURCE: Texas Department of Public Safety

Blue. Red. Yellow. Orange. This time of year, Texas wildflowers are bursting with color.

After two less than stellar years for the colorful native flora, 2012 should be a banner year for wildflowers.

"My only concern is that they peak too early," said Myrna Hassfield, president of the DeWitt Wildflower Association. "Hopefully, we'll get enough sunshine to maintain what we've got started."

April is Wildflower Month in DeWitt County, the Wildflower Capital of Texas. The county gained that status in 1999 via a resolution in the Texas House of Representatives.

The Cuero Chamber of Commerce, 124 E. Church St., has route maps and brochures available for those who want to tour the colorful roadsides.

The routes are color-coded and the brochure provides the description of each area on the maps.

The maps also are available outside the chamber building on the days the office is closed.

The DeWitt County Historical Museum, 312 E. Broadway St., has a display of wildflower photography by the DeWitt County Shutterbug Photograph Club.

The museum's garden also is flourishing with a variety of wildflowers.

"We did some planting about a month ago and have some really great beds of flowers," said Hassfield.



EVENTS

Two events are scheduled in conjunction with Wildflower Month.

First is the 13th annual Wildflower 5K Saturday sponsored by the Cuero Wellness Center. Registration is $25 at Cuero Municipal Park.

In conjunction with the adult race, the fourth annual Junior Wildflower Job will also be at the park Saturday. Registration is $5 per child.

On April 14, the Cuero High School Anchor Club hosts the annual Wildflower Bike Ride at the city park.

Riders have a choice of five routes, 10, 23, 32, 48 or 58 miles. Rides are fully supported with refreshments, support and gear stops along each route.

Registration is $35 for adults and $30 for children 14 and under. For more information, call 361-275-5456.

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