The official colors of the State of Oklahoma are green and white. They were adopted at the urging of The Ohoyohoma Circle*, a club composed of the wives of the members of the Fifth legislature who were making their homes in Oklahoma during the session of the legislature.
House Concurrent Resolution No. 9 offered limited reason for adoption of official colors to represent Oklahoma.
The Standard Sentinel commented that, "The fact that all rugs, carpets and tapestries in all Oklahoma state offices are green makes the selection unusually suitable."
It is said that the colors were chosen to compliment the green leaves and white berries of the official flower at the time, mistletoe.
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 9
WHEREAS, It is a custom of the various States of the Union to adopt colors known as State colors, and,
WHEREAS, The Ohoyohoma Circle, composed of the wives of the members of the Fifth Legislature, present and organized at the capital of the State of Oklahoma, do recommend the adoption of the colors of Green and White as permanent and appropriate colors for the State of Oklahoma.
Therefore, Be it resolved by the House and Senate concurring therein, That the said colors of Green and White be adopted as permanent and appropriate colors for the State of Oklahoma.
Passed the House January 21, 1915.
Passed the Senate January 22, 1915.
Governor R.L. Williams gave his approval, on February 2, 1915, minutes after the resolution reached his office.
* Ohoyohoma is a Choctaw word translated as "women's circle."
The following information was excerpted from the Oklahoma Statutes, Title 25, Section 25.93.
Title 25. Definitions and General Provisions
§25 93. State colors.
The said colors of green and white be adopted as permanent and appropriate colors for the State of Oklahoma.
Laws 1915, House Concurrent Resolution, No. 9.
The Oklahoma Legislature. Oklahoma Statutes Accessed February 17, 2011.
The Standard Sentinel, State Notes, February 4, 1915, Page 3.
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.