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Moderate displays of early wildflowers expected

DALLAS (AP) - The wildflower showing across Texas isn't expected to be spectacular in the early spring but there could be a rebound before early summer.

Damon Waitt with the University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center says drier than normal conditions since the fall mean early wildflowers won't be as hardy in many Texas regions. But he says intermittent rains since last month will help those plants and boost blooms in late spring and early summer.

Waitt said Wednesday that Indian paintbrush, bluebonnets and other early spring bloomers won't likely be as plentiful this year. He says though that winter rains should help late spring and early summer wildflowers, including horsemint and Indian blanket.

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