Lupinus texensis - Texas Bluebonnet

Lupinus texensis – Texas Bluebonnet

The earliest blooms on my Bluebonnets have gone to seed, leaving behind these pods with five visible bulges indicating the fruit inside. Compare with this view taken in March of this year:

Lupinus texensis - Texas Bluebonnet

Lupinus texensis – Texas Bluebonnet

One can clearly see that the flowers have turned to fruit.  Later it will become dessicated, turning brown. If you aren’t aware of the life cycle of the bluebonnet, it will then appear to be a weed, in violation of Home Owners Association rules almost everywhere. Then it will open, expelling the seeds forcefully and sowing the Bluebonnets of the future.