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50 State Flowers: Unique Flower Bouquets per State

50 State Flowers: Unique Flower Bouquets per State

Each of the 50 states that make up the United States of America has a state flower. Some states have changed their flowers over time, and other states have two flowers: a state wildflower and a state flower. However, each state chose its flower(s) for different reasons. Some states chose flowers that represent the history of the state or are native to that state. Others let schoolchildren vote on what their state flower should be. Typically, the state legislature officially declares the flower as one of the state's official emblems. The first state to declare a state flower was Washington back in 1892. This was done so that the coastal rhododendron could serve as a symbol of the state at the Chicago World's Fair. However, it wasn't until 1959 that the state's legislature officially declared the flower an emblem of the state.


The camellia grows across the southeastern United States, but the flower actually comes from eastern Asia. Alabama adopted the camellia as its official flower in 1959.


The Myosotis alpestris (better known as the alpine forget-me-not) was officially adopted by Alaska in 1917.


Arizona established the saguaro cactus as its official flower in 1931. The cactus, which is capable of growing more than 40 feet tall, is actually the largest type of cactus in the United States.


Arkansas chose the apple blossom as its state flower in 1901. At the time, the state was a major producer of apples.


The poppy fields of California are more popular than ever thanks to photographs shared on social media, but the poppy has been the state's official flower since 1903.


Colorado adopted the Rocky Mountain columbine as its state flower in 1899. The state passed a law in 1925 protecting the flower.


Mountain laurel, which is an evergreen plant, was first mentioned in relation to Connecticut in 1624 and became the state's flower in 1907.


The peach blossom was first named the floral emblem Delaware back in 1895, but it wasn't until 1953 that it was named the state's official flower.


The orange blossom was named Florida's state flower in 1909. The flower plays an important role in the creation of two Florida agricultural products: The bees pollinate the citrus groves, and those bees then produce a distinctive honey with a citrus flavor.


Georgia mainly uses the peach as its official image, but the Cherokee rose has been the official flower of the state since 1916.


The hibiscus has been Hawaii's state flower since the 1920s, but until 1988, all colors of the flower represented the state. In 1988, it was narrowed down to just the yellow hibiscus.


Lewis' mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii) was named the official state flower in 1931 by the state legislature in 1931. The plant is named after Meriwether Lewis, who is best known as being part of the Lewis and Clark exploration team.


A variety of violets can be found in Illinois, and they all look very similar. The violet was named the state's official bloom in 1907.


The peony was named Indiana's state flower in 1957. It replaced the zinnia, which had been named Indiana's flower in 1931.


The wild rose was chosen in 1897 for Iowa, and the flower was etched on a piece of silver given to the USS Iowa, a battleship named for the state.


Sunflowers use heliotropism (that is, they rotate to follow the sun) to get enough sun to sustain growth. Kansas named the sunflower its state flower in 1903.


The giant goldenrod became the state's official flower in 1926.


The heavily scented magnolia became Louisiana's official flower in 1900.


In 1895, Maine named the white pine cone as the state's flower.


The black-eyed Susan is a native plant in most of the continental United States but became Maryland's state flower in 1918.


One of spring's earliest blooming flowers, Massachusetts chose the mayflower back in 1918 as a way to represent the founding of their state.


The apple blossom was adopted as Michigan's state flower in 1897.


In 1902, Minnesota chose the pink and white lady's slipper as its state flower. The bloom is a type of orchid.


The evergreen magnolia is Mississippi's official flower. Although the flower is evergreen, this magnolia does drop leaves throughout the year.


In 1923, Missouri chose the hawthorn to represent the state. Now, researchers believe the plant can be used to treat heart issues.


Montana's state flower, the bitterroot, can serve as a source of nutrition during hard times.


Nebraska officially made the giant goldenrod its state flower in 1895.


Sagebrush, which Nevada adopted as its state flower in 1967, is used to make items as diverse as tea and rope.

New Hampshire

The purple lilac was transplanted to New Hampshire from Europe.

New Jersey

The purple violet was chosen as New Jersey's state flower in 1971.

New Mexico

Yucca moths pollinate the yucca flower, the official state flower of New Mexico since 1927.

New York

The rose was selected by New York to be its state flower in 1955.

North Carolina

The flowering dogwood was chosen as North Carolina's state flower in 1941. The state is home to many festivals that celebrate the blooming of the dogwood as a sign that spring has arrived in the state.

North Dakota

In 1907, the wild prairie rose became the official flower of North Dakota.


The scarlet carnation was chosen as Ohio's state flower in 1953 in honor of assassinated native son President William McKinley.


The Oklahoma rose, one of the most fragrant varieties of the tea rose, became the state's flower in 2004.


The Oregon grape was chosen to be the state's flower in 1899.


It was during the Great Depression, in 1933, that the mountain laurel became Pennsylvania's state flower.

Rhode Island

The violet wasn't chosen as Rhode Island's official flower until 1968.

South Carolina

The yellow jessamine, which blooms in late winter, became South Carolina's state flower in 1924.

South Dakota

Serving as South Dakota's state flower since 1903, the pasque flower is poisonous but also can be used to create herbal medicines.


School kids initially chose the passionflower as the state's flower, but it was the iris that became the official flower of Tennessee in 1933.


The bluebonnet has been Texas's official flower since 1901, but it truly became a symbol of the state when the Texas highway department began planting the flower along roadways as part of a beautification project.


Established as Utah's state flower in 1911, the sego lily has been a part of the state's history since Native Americans were the only inhabitants of the area.


The Vermont state flower since 1894, the red clover feeds the state's livestock and serves as ground cover.


The American dogwood became Virginia's official flower in 1918.


The women of Washington chose the coast rhododendron to represent the state at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

West Virginia

Chosen to be West Virginia's state flower in 1903, the great rhododendron is toxic to humans.


Wyoming chose the wood violet, found in forests across the state, as the state's flower in 1909.


The Indian paintbrush, which became the Wyoming state flower in 1917, steals nutrients from other plants in order to survive.

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