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South Carolina State Flower

Yellow Jessamine

South Carolina State Flower

South Carolina State Flower

Yellow jessamine was designated the official South Carolina State Flower in 1924. The high-climbing, woody vine grows abundantly throughout the state and is a common sight in Charleston and North Charleston gardens. Yellow jessamine is also called the “mailbox plant” because many gardeners train the vine to cover otherwise boring mailbox posts. Its sweet fragrance and yellow blooms signal the return of spring each year.

The plant is known by several names, including Carolina jessamine, poor man’s rope, yellow jasmine, and Evening Trumpetflower. Yellow jessamine is one of several state symbols featured on the U.S. Mint’s South Carolina state quarter.

Yellow Jessamine Facts

Common Name: Yellow Jessamine
Scientific Name: Gelsemium sempervirens
Year Adopted: 1924
Peak Bloom: March to April

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Rhode Island State Flower

Violet

Rhode Island State Flower

Rhode Island State Flower

The violet was designated the official Rhode Island State Flower in 1968. Rhode Island was the first of four states to choose the violet, but the last to formally do so. Rhode Island school children voted for the common blue violet over ten other candidates in 1897. However, the floral emblem wouldn’t be officially adopted by the state for another 71 years. During that time span, three other states–Illinois, Wisconsin, and New Jersey–adopted the violet as their official symbol.

The common blue violet is found primarily in the northern part of the “Ocean State.” Violets are easy to grow in gardens and also thrive in the wild. Outside city limits, the popular perennial is typically found in meadows, woods, and preserves.

Violet Facts

Common Name: Violet
Scientific Name: Viola sororia
Year Adopted: 1968
Peak Bloom: April to June

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Pennsylvania State Flower

Mountain Laurel

Pennsylvania State Flower

Pennsylvania State Flower

Mountain laurel was designated the official Pennsylvania State Flower in 1933. The mountain laurel’s unique, umbrella-like flowers have long attracted attention. Early European explorers made journal notes about the striking native American shrub as far back as 1624. Every spring and summer, the Pennsylvania woods are filled with pink mountain laurel blossoms. The spectacular floral display attracts nature lovers from Allentown to Waterford.

Despite its beauty, mountain laurel is poisonous to animals and humans. All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested in significant quantities. The Cherokee used mountain laurel leaves as an analgesic, and as a topical remedy for rheumatism. Native Americans also used the wood for carving bowls and other tools. Mountain laurel was imported to Europe during the 18th century. The ornamental plant is widely appreciated for its attractive flowers and glossy evergreen leaves.

Mountain Laurel Facts

Common Name: Mountain Laurel
Scientific Name: Kalmia latifolia
Year Adopted: 1933
Peak Bloom: May to June

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Oregon State Flower

Oregon Grape

Oregon State Flower

Oregon State Flower

The Oregon grape blossom was designated the official Oregon State Flower in 1899. The low-growing evergreen is native to much of the Pacific Northwest. It thrives in the mountains and along water bodies like rivers and streams. Oregon grape foliage is waxy green throughout the year and resembles holly. In early summer, the plant bears tiny yellow flowers. “Grape” refers to the shrub’s edible, bluish-purple berries — a favorite with wild birds. The berries grow in grape-like clusters and ripen in the fall.

Oregon grape was encountered along the Columbia River during the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Meriwether Lewis referred to the plant as “mountain holley” in a journal entry dated February 12, 1806. Two months later, the expedition traveled through an area in Hood River County now known as Cascade Locks. Meriwether Lewis collected two species of Oregon grape, but nearly lost them due to a series of unfortunate events. First, natives ridiculed and threw stones at Lewis’ men. Next, thieves attempted to steal tools and other items from their camp. Finally, one of the expedition canoes was lost when the explorers encountered violent rapids on the river. In spite of these setbacks, eleven plant specimens were saved — including the Oregon grape!

Oregon Grape Facts

Common Name: Oregon Grape
Scientific Name: Mahonia aquifolium
Year Adopted: 1899
Peak Bloom: June

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Oklahoma State Flower

Oklahoma Rose

Oklahoma State Flower

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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Ohio State Flower

Scarlet Carnation

Ohio State Flower

Ohio State Flower

The red carnation was designated the Ohio State Flower in 1904. This selection was made in honor of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States. President McKinley was just six months into his second term when a deranged anarchist approached him at a public event and shot him twice in the abdomen. Initially his attending physicians seemed optimistic about the President’s recovery. Unfortunately the wounds caused severe blood poisoning. Antibiotics to control bacterial infections did not yet exist. President McKinley succumbed to his injuries on September 14, 1901, eight days after the shooting.

William McKinley was born in Niles, Ohio in 1843. He was the last president to have participated in the American Civil War, serving in the Union Army. After the war, William McKinley settled in Canton where he practiced law and started a family. He was elected the 39th Governor of Ohio in 1891, after completing several terms in Congress.

President McKinley was often seen sporting a scarlet carnation on the lapel of his jacket. In addition to bringing good luck, he believed the vibrant red flower represented love, respect, and reverence. Not surprisingly, the red carnation is the most popular flower sold in Ohio.

Scarlet Carnation Facts

Common Name: Scarlet Carnation
Scientific Name: Dianthus caryophyllus
Year Adopted: 1904
Peak Bloom: April to August

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North Dakota State Flower

Wild Prairie Rose

North Dakota State Flower

North Dakota State Flower

The wild prairie rose was designated the North Dakota State Flower in 1907. In spite of its delicate beauty, the United States Department of Agriculture regards the ornamental plant as a weed! The wild prairie rose grows like wildfire across all of North Dakota. The hardy perennial can be found along roadsides, foothills, meadows, and suburban areas. Its bloom is characterized by five bright pink petals and a center cluster of shiny yellow stamens. Because of its wonderful scent, the wild prairie rose is often picked by residents to be enjoyed in home floral arrangements. Luckily they grow in abundance and benefit from trimming. Iowa has also adopted the wild prairie rose as its state flower.

In 1889, the University of North Dakota’s student body took inspiration from the wild prairie rose when selecting the school’s official colors–pink and green. In 1920, the university’s sports teams adopted a green and white color scheme, fearing that pink uniforms would incite ridicule among their athletic rivals. Pink and green remain the university’s official colors, “suggestive of our green prairies and rosy prospects.”

Wild Prairie Rose Facts

Common Name: Wild Prairie Rose
Scientific Name: Rosa arkansana
Year Adopted: 1907
Peak Bloom: June

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North Carolina State Flower

Flowering Dogwood

North Carolina State Flower

North Carolina State Flower

The blossom of the dogwood tree was designated the North Carolina State Flower in 1941. The legislature’s choice was an obvious one. Dogwood trees are common throughout the “Tar Heel State.” They thrive as far west as the mountains, all the way to the Atlantic coast. Residential gardeners in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham have incorporated dogwood trees in their landscape designs for decades. Many of those trees now reach 40 feet in height.

American dogwood trees are gorgeous all year long. During springtime, hills and mountainsides are covered in a mass of snowy white and light pink blossoms. Bees and other pollinators are attracted to the tree’s true flowers — small, yellow blooms located in the center of the large petals, or bracts. After a flower is pollinated, the bracts drop off and small red fruits are formed. These fruits provide food for birds, which then distribute the dogwood’s seeds. Thus, the cycle continues.

Flowering Dogwood Facts

Common Name: Flowering Dogwood
Scientific Name: Cornus florida
Year Adopted: 1941
Peak Bloom: April to June

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New York State Flower

Rose

New York State Flower

New York State Flower

The rose was designated the New York State Flower in 1955. The legislature’s proclamation was broad and included roses of any color. There are plenty of beautiful roses growing all over the state, especially in the Hudson Valley region. Many historical estates with formal rose gardens are open to the public. Among the most popular are Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers, and the Vanderbilt Mansion, one of the area’s oldest Hudson River estates.

Rose bushes are relatively easy to grow. There’s a rose for virtually every climate and horticultural condition. It’s no wonder the rose is considered the most popular flower in the world. In 1986 the rose was also adopted as the floral emblem of the United States.

Rose Facts

Common Name: Rose
Scientific Name: Rosa
Year Adopted: 1955
Peak Bloom: June

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New Mexico State Flower

Yucca Flower

New Mexico State Flower

New Mexico State Flower

The blossom of the desert yucca plant was adopted as the New Mexico State Flower in 1927. The New Mexico Federation of Women’s Clubs made the original recommendation to the legislature. School children were then asked to participate in the final decision. The state’s youngest citizens voted enthusiastically for the yucca flower.

There are at least 50 species of yucca (pronounced yuh-ka) growing in the American southwest, including perennials, shrubs, and trees. Since the legislature didn’t specify a particular species of the sturdy and beautiful desert plant, residents of the “Land of Enchantment” have a wide range of state flowers to call their own.

Yucca Flower Facts

Common Name: Yucca Flower
Scientific Name: Yucca
Year Adopted: 1927
Peak Bloom: May to June

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