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Wildflower expert explains bluebonnet variations

Bluebonnets colors can range from white to light pink to maroon.

AUSTIN, Texas — Bluebonnets are in full bloom -- but sometimes, they aren't actually blue.

Some of them are light pink, maroon or white.

The Director of Horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Andrea Delong-Amaya, said that is because of recessive genes in the bluebonnet appearing as a mutation.

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Delong-Amaya said horticulturalists have selected some of those bluebonnet variations to create different flowers that have a deeper red or deeper blue color.

While you're out taking pictures, you may also see bluebonnets that are much larger than normal like this one:

According to the wildflower center, that is called "fasciation," and it's essentially the blossom equivalent of conjoined twins.

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"It could be that it's a viral reaction," Delong-Amaya said. "Sometimes, you'll see variation in color, changes in the foliage. Or even in the flowers, too, which might be caused by a virus."

If you want to grow your own light pink or white bluebonnets, Delong-Amaya said you will have to buy the seeds or plants for the particular color from a nursery.

She added that the care is not different than typical bluebonnets.

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