- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Officials at the University of Texas in Austin say they intend to pluck the maroon bluebonnets that have mysteriously appeared in the shadow of the UT Tower.

It’s believed that Texas A&M; pranksters at some point planted the seeds for a variant of bluebonnet known as Alamo Fire, which is a shade of maroon. The Texas A&M; colors are maroon and white, which Longhorn fans find unsightly in light of their loyalty to burnt orange.

Markus Hogue, UT’s coordinator for irrigation and water conservation, tells the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1ev7vJw ) the Alamo Fire will be removed soon. He says any maroon bluebonnet that’s seen next year will be immediately pulled.

But with much of Texas deep in drought, Hogue did give the suspects credit for choosing a plant that needs little watering.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com