Invasion of the bonnet snatchers: Aggie-bred maroon flowers appear at UT

Posted April 10th, 2014


Botanical sabotage. That’s a new one.

The Houston Chronicle reports that maroon bluebonnets have popped up in the flowerbeds around the University of Texas Tower, and it seems that Texas A&M is suspected culprit. The Chronicle spoke with Markus Hogue, program coordinator for UT Irrigation and Water Conservation, and he said that what was initially a few flowers has spread to a full-blown maroon menace:

Hogue said his team had planted regular bluebonnet seeds all over the campus. It’s only in the beds below the tower that the maroon ones are showing, leading him to believe that they were planted there deliberately.


Texas A&M horticulturalists, the Chronicle reports, have confirmed that the oddly hued blooms were bred by their researchers, as well as the likelihood the maroonbonnets (not their official name) were planted deliberately due to their prevalence in such a small area.

Check out photographer Deborah Cannon’s pictures of the offending flowers above.

(If you’ll recall, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson earlier this month said renewing the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry was low on his list of priorities. It remains to be seen if he’s particularly piqued by rogue floral arrangements.)

No matter their origin, The Alcalde says that the maroon flowers won’t be around forever: By next season, the recessive color will either be weeded out by nature or by university landscapers — whichever gets to them first.

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