UT official: Maroon bluebonnets will be plucked

Maroon bluebonnets at UT Tower. (Paul Shelton/KXAN News)
Maroon bluebonnets at UT Tower. (Paul Shelton/KXAN News)

AUSTIN (AP) — Officials at the University of Texas in Austin say they intend to pluck the maroon bluebonnets that have mysteriously appeared in the shadow of the UT Tower.

It’s believed that Texas A&M pranksters at some point planted the seeds for a variant of bluebonnet known as Alamo Fire, which is a shade of maroon. The Texas A&M colors are maroon and white, which Longhorn fans find unsightly in light of their loyalty to burnt orange.

The Houston Chronicle reports Markus Hogue, UT’s coordinator for irrigation and water conservation, said the Alamo Fire will be removed soon. He says any maroon bluebonnet that’s seen next year will be immediately pulled.

But with much of Texas deep in drought, Hogue did give the suspects credit for choosing a plant that needs little watering.


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