But is it true? Is it really illegal to pick bluebonnets?
"The answer is no," reads a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the agency that encompasses the highway patrol and whose job it would be to enforce such legislation. "There is no law against picking our state flower."
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will give you the same answer. Bill Powell with the Public Information Office told Texas Twisted, "There is no legislation against picking wildflowers. It is, in fact, not illegal to pick wildflowers." And that includes bluebonnets. "It's an urban legend," he said.