bluebonnet

bluebonnet
/blooh"bon'it/, n.
1. the cornflower, Centaurea cyanus.
2. a blue-flowered lupine, esp. Lupinus subcarnosus, having spikes of light blue flowers with a white or yellow spot: the state flower of Texas.
3. a broad, flat cap of blue wool, formerly worn in Scotland.
4. a Scottish soldier who wore such a cap.
5. any Scot. Also called bluecap /blooh"kap'/.
[1675-85; BLUE + BONNET]

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Any of several flowering plants, including the Texas bluebonnet (Lupinus subcarnosus), a North American annual legume native to the plains of Texas.

About 1 ft (0.3 m) tall, it bears silky-haired compound leaves and clusters of purplish blue flowers marked in the centre with white or yellow. In the spring it covers immense areas in southern and western Texas like a blue carpet. It is one of the most popular wildflowers of Texas. In Scotland the name is given to the bluebottle (Centaurea cyanus) and to the blue scabious, or devil's bit (Succisa pratensis).

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plant
      any of several flowering plants, including the Texas bluebonnet (Lupinus subcarnosus), a North American annual plant of the pea family (Fabaceae), native to the plains of Texas. It grows about 0.3 m (1 foot) tall, has silky-haired leaves composed of five leaflets, and bears clusters of purplish-blue flowers that are marked in the centre with white or yellow. In the spring the plants cover immense areas in southern and western Texas like a blue carpet. The bluebonnet is one of the most popular wildflowers of Texas.

      In Scotland the name bluebonnet is given to the bluebottle (Centaurea cyanus) and also to the blue scabious, or devil's bit (Succisa pratensis).

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