Idaho State Flower
Syringa was designated as the official Idaho State Flower in 1931. Syringa is a woody shrub that grows up to 10 feet high. During its flowering stage the shrub’s leafy branch ends are generally covered in a mass of white blossoms. The flowers emit a deliciously sweet scent similar to orange blossoms, with just a hint of pineapple.
Meriwether Lewis wrote about syringa in his journal during the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The plant is known by many names, including Lewis’ mock-orange, Gordon’s mockorange, wild mockorange, and Indian arrowwood. Native Americans used many parts of the syringa. Soap was made from the bark and leaves. Pipe stems, harpoon shafts, bows, arrows, snowshoes, and other hunting and fishing tools were created from the wood.
Common Name: Syringa
Scientific Name: Philadelphus lewisii
Year Adopted: 1931
Peak Bloom: May to June
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