AUSTIN (KXAN) — Over the last few days many people have been curious about the maroon colored bluebonnets that have been blooming around the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.
A statement released by the university Wednesday said there is no immediate or official plans to pull up the Aggie colored flowers.
It has been rumored 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. However, that is just a rumor according to Mark Simmons, director of the Ecosystem Design Group at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at UT.
Simmons says, “the flowers, which were bred from a naturally occurring variant of bluebonnets, merit the same consideration as any other wildflower appearing on the UT Austin campus.”
On Tuesday, Markus Hogue, UT’s coordinator for irrigation and water conservation, reportedly told the Houston Chronicle the Alamo Fire will be removed soon. He also said any maroon bluebonnet seen next year would be immediately pulled.