Indiana State Flower
The peony was adopted as the official Indiana State Flower in 1957. This choice replaced the zinnia, which had held the honor for nearly 30 years (since 1931). In fact, the “Hoosier State” has recognized four state flowers during its history. Earlier choices include the carnation and the tulip tree flower.
The General Assembly didn’t specify a particular color or variety when announcing their selection of peony as the new state flower. The hardy perennial is widely cultivated throughout Indiana and blooms in a vibrant rainbow of colors. Descendants of some of the state’s earliest peonies are still growing today. Single peony plants produce slender flowers with five petals. Rounder double peonies are more substantial, and are a favorite cut flower. Anemone types have broad leaves and pincushion-shaped blooms.
Common Name: Peony
Scientific Name: Paeonia
Year Adopted: 1957
Peak Bloom: May
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