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Old 14 May 2010, 08:54 PM
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Default Why you shouldn't pick bluebonnets in Texas

Comment: Below is an eMail I received, it is of course very timely with the
Bluebonnets out right now. But it has all the hallmarks of an urban myth, first
rattlesnake bites are very seldom fatal, but who really wants to take that
chance with their kids... Second, I would think that if someone had been killed
by a rattlesnake it would have been all over the news, and finally even if
someone has died of a rattlesnake bite, that doesn't mean it had anything to
do with the bluebonnets:

If you don't already know, today is a man's funeral in Smithville who was bitten by a rattlesnake.

Don't pick the "Bluebonnets", and Texans mean it!!!! This is why!



Please be careful if you are taking pictures of the little ones in flowers

It is bluebonnet time in Texas and this year the flowers are very beautiful.

The following pictures were taken around Bastrop, Texas. It is probably a
good idea to be careful when taking pictures of children sitting among the
flowers.







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Old 14 May 2010, 08:56 PM
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Those flowers look like purple lupin to me. But I'm not sure what a bluebonnet actually looks like.
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Old 14 May 2010, 08:58 PM
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Those flowers look like purple lupin to me. But I'm not sure what a bluebonnet actually looks like.
Bluebonnets are lupins.

And that last picture was clearly taken in a different location than the others.
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Old 14 May 2010, 08:59 PM
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There are no snakes in nature!
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Old 14 May 2010, 09:01 PM
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Bluebonnets are lupins.
Thanks! I don't think we call them bluebonnets up here. My mom has purple lupin in her garden but she had to specifically plant it. I'm not sure it's commonly found growing wild.
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Old 14 May 2010, 09:12 PM
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Thanks! I don't think we call them bluebonnets up here. My mom has purple lupin in her garden but she had to specifically plant it. I'm not sure it's commonly found growing wild.
I think that calling them "bluebonnets" is a Texas thing. The term applies to any lupins that are blue. The state flower is actually designated as any species of lupin that are blue, not just one specific specie.


Based on the title I thought this was going to be a new take on the urban legend about how it's illegal to pick bluebonnets because they're a protected flower. CA has a similar legend for golden poppies and I imagine other states have the same legend featuring their own flower. It's not illegal to pick bluebonnets but it is heavily frowned upon.
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Old 14 May 2010, 09:13 PM
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Lady Bird Johnson was instrumental to getting wildflower seeds planted along Texas highways which result in huge fields of bluebonnets, winecups, Indian blankets, and coneflowers this time of year. Very pretty. And back in the 80s it became "the thing" to dress your kids up in their best clothes and plop them down in a field of bluebonnets and take a picture. Then a few years back, some folks complained that the bluebonnets were being trampled instead of enjoyed (it was a lean year) and that's when we started hearing stories about snakes in the flowers. I wouldn't think a field of bluebonnets would be a rattlesnake's dream myself.

Great! I just found that same e-mail from 2007 and it says it must be true since it isn't declared false on snopes:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/texas...uebonnets.html

On the other hand, a man in Smithville was buried recently after being bit by a rattlesnake. He wasn't admiring the bluebonnets; he was taking a piss.
http://www.myfoxaustin.com/dpp/healt...20100509-ktbcw
http://beta.smithvilletimes.com/2010...tlesnake-bite/

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Old 14 May 2010, 09:14 PM
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It was my understanding when I lived in Texas that rattle snakes tend to prefer the terrain that is seen in the last picture. I rarely thought about them in grasses, but in more woodsy areas with more dirt and rocks and not so much greenery and flowers. They prefer drier places and grasses may be too wet.

I also thought that the main post would be about how annoying it is to see so many butt-prints in the bluebonnets at the side of the road from families taking pictures in them.
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Old 14 May 2010, 09:15 PM
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Lady Bird Johnson was instrumental to getting wildflower seeds planted along Texas highways which result in huge fields of bluebonnets, winecups, Indian blankets, and coneflowers this time of year.
FWIW, she's responsible for it throughout the interstate system, as well.
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Old 14 May 2010, 09:16 PM
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There was a Smithville man killed by a rattesnake. Here's the whole story. he wasn't taking bluebonnet pictures as they've already bloomed. The first picture looks like the country south of San Antonio. Smithville is closer to East/Central Texas. The bottom picture is completely unrelated.
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Old 14 May 2010, 09:23 PM
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ya, ha! I spanked a duck.
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Old 14 May 2010, 09:26 PM
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Was it good for you?

Well, I added the South Texas/Central Texas bit.
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Old 15 May 2010, 02:07 AM
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Those flowers look like purple lupin to me.
Quote:
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, riding through the land
Soon every lupin in the land will be in his mighty hand
He steals them from the rich and gives them to the poor
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore!!!
[/Monty Python shout-out]
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Old 15 May 2010, 03:09 PM
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I thought we'd had this one on here before...

This email is a couple of years old, as Gayle showed. Originally the text part included that, something about, "since we've had a wet spring this year, the bluebonnets are particularly thick, watch out for snakes."

It's most certainly not from this year, as the flowers were pretty measly.
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Old 17 May 2010, 04:11 PM
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Based on the title I thought this was going to be a new take on the urban legend about how it's illegal to pick bluebonnets because they're a protected flower.
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On the other hand, a man in Smithville was buried recently after being bit by a rattlesnake. He wasn't admiring the bluebonnets; he was taking a piss.
http://www.myfoxaustin.com/dpp/healt...20100509-ktbcw
http://beta.smithvilletimes.com/2010...tlesnake-bite/
OK, so how long before we see rumors that it's illegal to piss on a bluebonnet in Texas?
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Old 17 May 2010, 06:00 PM
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It's most certainly not from this year, as the flowers were pretty measly.
YMMV, but I thought the flowers were pretty good this year. I guess it depends on where you are at. Now the Indian Blankets are coming on.
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Old 18 May 2010, 03:20 AM
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/hijack

I was looking at a map of where rattlesnakes can be found in the US. I had thought they were only in the desert areas, I had no idea there were varieties all over the US.

/end hijack
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Old 18 May 2010, 02:05 PM
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It's most certainly not from this year, as the flowers were pretty measly.
The wildflowers around here were the best we'd had in a few years actually. It does seem that when one part of the state gets a good "flower crop", another part of the state is getting screwed.
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Old 18 May 2010, 02:37 PM
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OK, so how long before we see rumors that it's illegal to piss on a bluebonnet in Texas?
Well, technically, in this case it is. Pissing on the side of the road is public urination and will get you a ticket. Or bit by a rattlesnake.

Hmmm. This sounds familiar. I think I remember saying this before. Something about rest stops and watching where you hunker?
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Since I found a Timber Rattlesnake in MILs garden I guess it could read "Don't pick tomatos in Virginia?"
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