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Utah State Flower

Sego Lily Calochortus nuttallii Torr. & Gray Adopted:1911
Utah State Flower: Sego Lily
Utah State Flower: Sego Lily
©Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Adoption of the Utah State Flower

After a census of Utah school children, State Senator William N. Williams introduced Senate Bill No. 226 naming the sego lily as Utah's state flower.

The sego lily (Calochortus nuttallii Torr. & Gray) was approved as the official state flower of Utah by the Ninth Regular Session of the Legislature of the State of Utah. The legislation was signed by Governor William Spry on March 18, 1911.

Kate C. Snow, President of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, in a letter to George Earlie Shankle, written from Salt Lake City, dated April 17, 1930 says in part that,

"between 1840 and 1851"

food became very scarce in Utah due to a crop-devouring plague of crickets, and that

"the families were put on rations, and during this time they learned to dig for and to eat the soft, bulbous root of the sego lily. The memory of this use, quite as much as the natural beauty of the flower, caused it to be selected in after years by the Legislature as the floral emblem of the state."

The Utah Statutes

The following information is excerpted from the Utah Statutes, Title 63, Chapter 13, Section 63-13-5.5.

Additional Information

Utah State Flower: Sego Lily
Utah State Flower: Sego Lily
G. A. Cooper @ Department of Botany
© Smithsonian Institution

Sego Lily: Utah State University: Range Plants of Utah.

Plant Profile for Calochortus nuttallii (Sego Lily): USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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: Utah Code - Statutes and Constitution, (http://www.le.state.ut.us/~code/code.htm), September 12, 2005
Source: Utah Education Network, (http://www.uen.org), September 23, 2005
Source: State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
Source: State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols: Revised Edition (Reprint)- George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., The H.W. Wilson Company, 1938

 
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