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FLOWERS OF STATES

FLOWERS OF STATES. Through the ages flowers have served as symbols and emblems. Many nations have adopted flowers as their emblems. Thus, Ireland has its shamrock; France, its fleur-de-lis. Such national flowers are often associated with history, tradition, or legend. The United States has no national flower, but each of its states—and the District of Columbia as well—has chosen a flower as its own. The initial selections were made by schoolchildren, women’s clubs, and other groups. In most states the legislature officially adopted the flower.

The bouquet on the facing page shows all the state flowers as of 1953. The key picture at right and the table below identify the flowers by states. The sagebrush of Nevada and the violet of Rhode Island have not yet won official acceptance. Alabama’s camellia, Indiana’s peony, Alaska’s forget-me-not, and Hawaii’s hibiscus are not shown because Alabama and Indiana chose their official flowers after 1953 and Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states when the bouquet was made. The flowers shown for Alabama and Indiana were traditionally associated with them.

ALABAMA STATE FLOWER– Camellia , Goldenrod

ALASKA STATE FLOWER- Forget-me-not

ARIZONA STATE FLOWER- Saguaro cactus

ARKANSAS STATE FLOWER- Apple blossom

CALIFORNIA STATE FLOWER- Golden poppy

COLORADO STATE FLOWER- Rocky  Mountain columbine

CONNECTICUT STATE FLOWER- Mountain laurel

DELAWARE STATE FLOWER- Peach blossom

FLORIDA STATE FLOWER- Orange blossom

GEORGIA STATE FLOWER- Cherokee rose

HAWAII STATE FLOWER- Hibiscus

IDAHO STATE FLOWER- Syringa

ILLINOIS STATE FLOWER- Native violet

IOWA STATE FLOWER- Rose

INDIANA STATE FLOWER- Peony, Zinnia

KANSAS STATE FLOWER- Sunflower

KENTUCKY STATE FLOWER- Goldenrod

LOUISIANA STATE FLOWER- Magnolia

MARYLAND STATE FLOWER- Black-eyed Susan

MASSACHUSETTS STATE FLOWER- Mayflower

MICHIGAN STATE FLOWER- Apple blossom

MINNESOTA STATE FLOWER- Lady’s-slipper

MISSISSIPPI STATE FLOWER- Magnolia

MISSOURI STATE FLOWER- Hawthorn

MONTANA STATE FLOWER- Bitterroot

NEBRASKA STATE FLOWER- Goldenrod

NEVADA STATE FLOWER- Sagebrush

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE FLOWER- Purple lilac

NEW JERSEY STATE FLOWER- Violet

NEW MEXICO STATE FLOWER- Yucca flower

New York STATE FLOWER- Rose

North Carolina STATE FLOWER- Dogwood

North Dakota STATE FLOWER- Wild prairie rose

OHIO STATE FLOWER- Scarlet carnation

OKLAHOMA STATE FLOWER-  Mistletoe

OREGON STATE FLOWER– Oregon grape

PENNSYLVANIA STATE FLOWER- Mountain laurel

RHODE ISLAND STATE FLOWER- Violet

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FLOWER- Yellow jasmine

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE FLOWER- American pasqueflower

TENNESSEE STATE FLOWER- Iris

TEXAS STATE FLOWER- Bluebonnet

UTA STATE FLOWER- Sego lily

VERMONT STATE FLOWER – Red clover

VIRGINIA STATE FLOWER- Dogwood

WASHINGTON STATE FLOWER- Coast Rhododendron

WEST VIRGINIA STATE FLOWER- Rhododendron

WISCONSIN STATE FLOWER- Violet

WYOMING STATE FLOWER- Indian paintbrush

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – American Beauty rose