The stretch of U.S. 290 running between Fredericksburg and Johnson City is nicknamed Wine Road 290 for the dozens of wineries that lure tourists to the area for tasting trips. But there's another, more colorful attraction along that highway. It's Wildseed Farms, the largest wildflower farm in the United States, located just eight miles east of Fredericksburg.
While most wildflowers bloom in spring, in about two weeks, Wildseed Farms will again be a profusion of color as zinnias, cosmos, tulips, lavender, poppies, sunflowers, and other ornamentals bloom wildly along the half-mile of walking trails. The farm's rainbow carpet of colored blooms covers more than 400 acres. Talk about your picture-perfect Instagram background; no filters are required.
With another 650 acres in cultivation in Colorado County, west of Houston, Wildseed Farms grows 36 varieties of wildflowers and harvests more than 100,000 pounds of seeds annually. Between one-third and one-half of those are bluebonnet seeds, making Wildseed the world's largest grower of the Texas state flower.
Bluebonnet and other wildflower seeds are sold in the gift shop at the Fredericksburg location. The shop also sells gift and home decor items, and the plant nursery is one of the largest in Central Texas. With a deli selling sandwiches, snacks, ice cream, and more, visitors can make a day out of it.
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