Wildflowers Still in Bloom Despite Recent Drought
Even though this may be the case, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) predicts roadways will not be completely without bright flora as wildflower seedlings struggled to survive the recent
“Lack of adequate rainfall last fall and throughout the winter has left very poor stands of wildflowers in some areas,” said
But all is not lost.
“Areas in east and northeast
Normally, the peak wildflower blooming season draws tourists from across
TxDOT buys and sows an estimated 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed each year.
As a reminder, TxDOT plants wildflowers for everyone’s enjoyment. Picture-taking that leads to potential damage of wildflowers is discouraged. If too many wildflowers are trampled or damaged, they die and do not re-seed.
Naturally, TxDOT also discourages picking wildflowers for the same reason.
TxDOT’s wildflower hotline, providing statewide information on select wildflower locations, operates 24 hours a day at (800) 452-9292. The hotline will operate until late spring.
See more information on wildflowers at: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/public_involvement/wildflowers/default.htm
For more information contact TxDOT’s Government and Public Affairs Division at (512) 463 – 8588.
The Texas Department of Transportation
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining nearly 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 15,000 employees strive to empower local leaders to solve local transportation problems, and to use new financial tools, including tolling and public-private partnerships, to reduce congestion and pave the way for future economic growth while enhancing safety, improving air quality and preserving the value of the state’s transportation assets. Find out more at www.txdot.gov.
SOURCE Texas Department of Transportation