Oklahoma State Flower
The Oklahoma rose was designated the official Oklahoma State Flower in 2004. Herbert C. Swim and O. L. Weeks bred the dark red hybrid tea rose at Oklahoma State University and introduced it in 1964. The rose is a standout–a true beauty with velvety red double blooms and a delightfully sweet fragrance. More than 180 gardening clubs lobbied the legislature to adopt the Oklahoma Rose as the state’s official flower. Mistletoe, the state’s previous floral symbol, was deemed by many to be a parasite.
Gardening clubs are now thrilled with their gorgeous state flower. Humble mistletoe continues to be honored as a floral emblem of the “Sooner State.” In fact, mistletoe is Oklahoma’s oldest state symbol. The hardy evergreen was adopted as a floral symbol of the territory in 1893. Oklahoma didn’t join the Union until 14 years later, on November 16, 1907. Oklahomans truly love flowers. The state also recognizes an official wildflower, the Indian blanket. The daisy-like flower is a drought-tolerant perennial in the sunflower family, with bright red petals tipped in yellow.
Oklahoma Rose Facts
Common Name: Oklahoma Rose
Scientific Name: Rosa odorata
Year Adopted: 2004
Peak Bloom: June
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