Seen against a pristine Texas sky, the petals of a fully-opened white bluebell (Eustoma exaltatum) recall Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous abstraction, “Sky Above Clouds.”
I’ve never seen a truly blue Texas bluebell (Eustoma exaltatum), although I have found the flower, also known as the showy prairie gentian, dressed in pale lavender, purple, and white. Often, the colors will combine in a single flower.
When I recently discovered a small group of white bluebells on a hot and steamy Texas afternoon, I couldn’t help smiling. Even in the heat, the flowers seemed crisp, cool, and elegant: the very opposite of their human admirer.