Georgia State Floral Emblem
Adoption of the Georgia State Floral Emblem
The Cherokee rose was adopted by the Georgia General Assembly as the floral emblem of the State of Georgia at the request of the Federation of Women's Clubs. It was adopted by Joint Resolution No. 42 approved on August 18, 1916. The text of the resolution follows.
About the Georgia State Flower
Although Resolution No. 42 indicates that the Cherokee rose is native ("indigenous to its soil") to the State of Georgia, it is generally accepted that the flower was introduced in North America from China, via England, sometime in the mid to late 18th century.
The Cherokee rose is also commonly known as the camellia rose.
The Georgia Code
The following information is excerpted from the Georgia Code, Title 50, Chapter 3, Section 50-3-53.
TITLE 50. State Government.
Rosa laevigata (Camellia Rose): Plant Encyclopedia from MyGardenGuide.
Plant Profile for Rosa laevigata (Cherokee rose): USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Cherokee Rose: Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia.
The Legend of the Cherokee Rose: Stories along the trail.
State Flower List: List of all of the state flowers.
State Birds & Flowers 1000-pc Puzzle: Created at the request of The National Wildlife Federation this design is a beautiful and informative puzzle featuring every state bird perched on the appropriate state flower.
State Birds and Flowers Coloring Book by Annika Bernhard - 51 accurately detailed, copyright-free renderings include national bird (eagle) and flower (rose) plus 50 state birds and flowers.
U. S. State Flowers in Cross Stitch by Gerda Bengtsson - Botanically correct cross stitch designs of state flowers of the 50 States.
Quilting Flowers of the States by Sue Harvey - A lovely 12-inch flower block for each of the 50 states. Techniques used are piecing, appliqué, paper-piecing and three-dimensional techniques.
Plants, Seeds & Flowers: Bulbs, seeds, plants, fertilizer, plant containers and more.
Gardening Tools: Pruners, rakes, shovels, hoes, trowels, cultivators and tillers, greenhouses, yard carts and more.
State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols: A Study based on historical documents giving the origin and significance of the state names, nicknames, mottoes, seals, flowers, birds, songs, and descriptive comments on the capitol buildings and on some of the leading state histories, Revised Edition - George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., The H.W. Wilson Company, 1938 (Reprint Services Corp. 1971)
Source: The Georgia Code, (http://www.legis.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/gl_codes_detail.pl), June 13, 2005
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