Is it illegal to pick bluebonnets?

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There is no law against picking Bluebonnets in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

However, there are some areas where it is illegal or against the rules. Before you pick any bluebonnets, it is important to note where you are. There are laws against criminal trespassing, so ensure that you are not on private property when you stop to take pictures with the bluebonnets.

There are also laws against damaging or destroying rights-of-way and government property. While picking a few wildflowers may be okay, you should not dig up large clumps of flowers, and you should never drive your vehicle into a field of wildflowers. Remember, other Texans want to enjoy the wildflowers too!

If you do plan to visit a State Park, note that it is against the rules to pick, cut, or destroy any wildflowers or plant life on the park grounds.  

Many gorgeous wildflowers can be found along our state’s roadways. For your safety, and the safety of others, consider following these tips from the Texas Department of Public Safety:

  • Always signal before leaving or entering the roadway.
  • Park off the roadway, parallel to the road in the direction of traffic.
  • Park on the same side of the roadway that the flowers are on.
  • Don’t cross lanes of traffic on foot to get to the wildflowers.
  • Obey all signs that prohibit parking on the roadway.

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