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Public Information Office
March 26, 2002
Each Texas springtime brings
flowers to fields and roadsides and a question to the minds of nature lovers -
is it really illegal to pick bluebonnets?
The answer is no
- 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.
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 your vehicle
into the midst of them. Remember, Mother Nature and in many cases, your fellow
Texans, scattered wildflower seeds along medians and roadways so that everyone
could enjoy spring flowers.
For the safety of
yourself and others, as well as to limit your ticketability:
There are laws
against impeding traffic - so be careful about slowing down to enjoy the view.
Pick areas with light traffic conditions for stopping.
leaving or entering the roadway.
Park off the
roadway (off of improved shoulders), parallel to the road in the direction of
traffic, on the same side of the roadway that the flowers are on. Don't walk or
run across lanes of traffic to get to the flowers.
Obey signs that
prohibit parking on a particular stretch of roadway.
And remember that
in addition to a ticket, snakes and fire ants also could put more blue in your
day than you bargained for.