State Flowers – Introduction
State flowers are a traditional part of American heritage and culture. Much like the American flag, the bald eagle, or a bust of Abraham Lincoln, state flowers help to symbolize American values and demonstrate social values of the United States. One could almost think of state flowers as being a collection of thousands of miniature flags scattered about the countryside.
Nearly all of the states have their own state flowers, although several of them share the same variety. There is usually a specific historical reason for their selection. For example, the flower could have played a role in some important event in that state’s formation or early history, or might be a symbol of what the state is known for (much like the orange blossom of Florida, which symbolizes their chief crop and export).
Fresh state flowers are often popular gifts, and in fact can be a perfect idea for a particularly patriotic individual. They also are a great choice to include at public functions, as they can lend certain elegance to a meeting or gathering of any sort. The delivery of unity and patriotism that a bouquet or arrangement of state flowers generates makes them most suitable indeed.
State Flowers – The List
· Alabama – Camellia. These are evergreen shrubs native to southern Asia with upwards of 250 existing species known to have been found or engineered.
· Alaska – Forget-me-not. These state flowers of Alaska have been tied to romance and faithfulness since the middle ages.
· Arizona – Saguaro cactus bloom. The saguaro is one of the largest of the cacti and can live for over 100 years in optimal conditions.
· Arkansas – Apple blossom. This is the flower of an apple tree, a popular crop in this state.
· California – California poppy. A tough species that tends to thrive in even the toughest of conditions.
· Colorado – Rocky Mountain columbine. This is a popular ornamental plant in gardens.
· Connecticut – Mountain laurel. A small evergreen shrub with star-shaped flowers.
· Delaware – Peach blossom. These are the flowers of the peach tree, an important agricultural export of the state.
· Florida – Orange blossom. Synonymous with a glass of orange juice, it is only fitting that Florida has these as its state flowers.
· Georgia – Cherokee rose. A climbing evergreen that can reach up to over thirty feet in height as it climbs other plants.
· Hawaii – Hawaiian hibiscus. A popular flower associated with tourism in Hawaii.
· Idaho – Mock orange. A small tree that produces blossoms similar to that of an orange tree.
· Illinois – Violet. A popular garden flower. Shared state flowers of several states.
· Indiana – Peony. A plant with large, fragrant flowers.
· Iowa – Wild prairie rose. A very popular ornamental plant.
· Kansas – Sunflower. Large yellow flowers that turn to face the sun as the Earth orbits.
· Kentucky – Goldenrod. A hardy plant often found in fields and ditches. Mistakenly blamed for allergy problems that are caused by ragweed. Shared state flowers of several states.
· Louisiana – Magnolia. Evolved before the appearance of bees, this flower encourages the presence of beetles for pollination.
· Maine – White pine cone and tassel. The cones of the Eastern White Pine are Maine’s state flowers.
· Maryland – Black-eyed Susan. Popular in gardens, these state flowers can reach up to six feet in height.
· Massachusetts – Mayflower. Pinkish-white flowers of a low-growing shrub.
· Michigan – Apple blossom.
· Minnesota – Lady Slipper. A flower named after its resemblance to ladies’ footwear.
· Mississippi – Magnolia.
· Missouri – Hawthorn. Shrubs and trees that can reach over fifty feet in height.
· Montana – Bitterroot. Small pink flower common in foothills.
· Nebraska – Goldenrod.
· Nevada – Sagebrush. A hardy bush with yellow flowers common in arid regions.
· New Hampshire – Purple lilac. A popular bush with very fragrant blooms.
· New Jersey – Violet.
· New Mexico – Yucca flower. Plants with sword-shaped leaves and white flowers.
· New York – Rose. One of the most popular flowers in the world.
· North Carolina – American dogwood. Small flowering tree.
· North Dakota – Wild prairie rose.
· Ohio – Scarlet carnation. Carnations have been cultivated for over 2000 years.
· Oklahoma – Oklahoma rose. One of the subspecies of rose.
· Oregon – Oregon grape. Flowering shrub with berries similar to grapes, although unrelated.
· Pennsylvania – Mountain laurel.
· Rhode Island – Violet.
· South Carolina- Yellow Jessamine. A twining vine with a trumpet-shaped flower.
· South Dakota – Pasque flower. Meadow plants with bell-shaped flowers.
· Tennessee – Iris. Species with wide color variety.
· Texas – Bluebonnet. A species of lupine.
· Utah – Sego lily. Early summer flower.
· Vermont – Red clover. Very common in meadows.
· Virginia – American dogwood.
· Washington – Coast rhododendron. Tall flowering shrub.
· West Virginia – Rhododendron.
· Wisconsin –Violet.
· Wyoming – Indian paintbrush. A species of milkweed with orange or yellow flowers.
State Flowers – Conclusion
This list completes all of the state flowers in the United States. For more information on each, visit your local library or browse the internet.
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