Georgia State Wildflower
Adoption of the Georgia State Wildflower
The Azalea was adopted as the official "State Wild Flower" of Georgia on April 19, 1979.
Though no specific variety is named in the statute, several native varieties are named in the nominating joint resolution as appearing in every county of the state. Among them are are Rhododendron Austrinum, prunifolium, canescens, alabamense, calendulaceum, speciosum, arborescens, and serrulatum.
The Georgia Code
The following information is excerpted from the Georgia Code, Title 50, Chapter 3, Section 50-3-54.
Title 50. State Government.
The azalea is designated as the Georgia state wild flower.
Plant Profile for Rhododendron L. (Azalea): USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Azalea Culture: Frank Henning: Athens-Clarke County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources, Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.
Native Azalea Collection: State Botanical Garden of Gorgia.
Azalea Society of America: The programs of the Society are designed to meet the needs of home gardeners, collectors and horticultural students, as well as nurserymen, hybridizers and landscape architects.
American Rhododendron Society: The American Rhododendron Society is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage interest in and to disseminate information about the genus Rhododendron.
Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden: The Rhododendron Species Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation, research, acquisition, evaluation, cultivation, public display, and distribution of Rhododendron species. The Foundation provides education relating to the genus; and serves as a unique resource for scientific, horticultural, and general gardening communities worldwide.
Rhododendron Web Resources: University of Virginia Library: Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library.
Georgia Native Plant Society: GNPS activities are designed to promote the conservation of Georgia's native plants and habitats through education, research and the relocation of plants threatened with destruction.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Web site for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
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), September 27, 2005
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