PHOTOS: Have you spotted a bluebonnet like this before?

Contributed by Donna Williams

Does a bluebonnet of any other color smell as sweet? Or photograph as nicely in your family picture for that matter?

Contributed by Donna Williams

Contributed by Donna Williams

American-Statesman reader Donna Williams snapped a few photos of what she called “albino bluebonnets” in her backyard in Bulverde, which she calls “the front porch of the Texas Hill Country.”

Williams wrote of the striking white bluebonnets:

This 114-year-old picture shows bluebonnet photos are nothing new

“The rare, albino white bluebonnets are an anomaly created by Mother Nature and are the result of a mutation in one of the genes responsible for producing the blue pigment. If pollinated from nearby blues, they will most likely produce blue blooms next year. To produce white flowers, an egg with the white mutant gene has to be fertilized by pollen with the same mutant gene. Guess you can tell that I am pretty excited about finding these in my yard this year and I have been researching to learn about them!”

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