"Bluebonnets" became the State Flower Song of Texas on March 21, 1933. Can you name another state with a state flower song?
One can see field upon field of bluebonnets across Texas.
The Texas Department of Transportation began the practice of planting bluebonnets along highways.
The number of bluebonnets depends upon the weather and climate. If there is a drought season there will be fewer bluebonnets.
A drought plays an important part in an old Comanche tale. A young Comanche child named She-Who-Is-Alone, had a spirit as beautiful as the bluebonnet we see today, and her heart was as big as the land she lived upon.
A terrible drought occurred and all the fields dried up and the earth cracked open. The tribal shaman told the tribes that their rain dances would have no effect. The Great Spirit perceived that the tribes had become too selfish so the rain would not be falling.
A burnt sacrifice of the tribe's most valued possession would be required. The braves searched for the most valuable bow that had brought in the most deer and buffalo. The women evaluated the blankets that they had made to determine the one with the best workmanship.
Little She-Who-Is-Alone instinctively knew what the Great Spirit expected. This was the doll that she loved so much; there could be nothing more valuable in the whole tribe than her precious doll, she reasoned. She went out at night and burned the doll as an offering and as the sacrifice that was required and expected. Then, when the coals had cooled she took the ashes and scattered them all over the land. The wind helped scatter them even further. In the morning the tribes looked out and saw that the land was covered with beautiful blue flowers; this was a sign of the forgiveness of the Great Spirit. Then the rains came and healed the land. She-Who-Is-Alone had demonstrated that she was not selfish at all and was willing to sacrifice her precious doll for the good of the community.
Lady Bird Johnson promoted the Highway Beautification Act that is nicknamed the "Lady Bird Johnson Bill." This, it is believed, was inspired by the miles of highways in her native Texas where beautiful bluebonnets grow in large numbers. Lady Bird said, "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." Editorial comment: Let us all plant flowers.