How to Harvest Bluebonnet Seeds


Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas. These annual lupines have deep blue flowers, often with a single white bloom at the top. Bluebonnets are a cool-season annual, reaching their peak bloom in early to mid-spring. While bluebonnets readily self-seed each year, ensuring even coverage in your garden requires that you spread the seeds evenly over the bed. Saving seeds from your garden bluebonnets allows you to grow these year after year without the need to purchase fresh seed.

Step 1

Cut off the flower stalk with a pair of shears once the flowers begin to wilt and the pods begin swelling. The pods form where the flowers were along the stalk and resemble a round swollen area.

Step 2

Place the flower stalks into paper sacks. Set them in a warm, dry room for two weeks to finish drying and maturing.

Step 3

Shake the flowers stalks into the bag, dislodging the seeds. Examine each flower stalk as you remove it from the bag and pinch any unopened pods so the seeds fall out.

Step 4

Place the bluebonnet seeds in a jar and label it with the flower name and year harvested. Store in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Texas A&M University extension warns that only 20 percent of seeds that have not been chemically treated or "scarified" will successfully germinate. Bluebonnets are seed "bursters." If you wait to long to harvest them for seeds, the pods burst open and spread the seed all over the garden. Store seeds in an area where rodents and other pests cannot access them, otherwise all the seeds may be devoured before you can plant them.

Things You'll Need

  • Shears
  • Paper bag
  • Jar


  • Washington State University Extension: Saving Seedsha
  • Texas A&M University Extension: Texas Bluebonnets-Texas Pride
Keywords: harvesting bluebonnet seeds, annual lupine seed, seed saving

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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.