The Tennessee echinacea, or Tennessee coneflower, joined the passionflower and became Tennessee's second state wild flower when Governor William Edward "Bill" Haslam signed Senate Bill No. 2976 on April 26, 2012.
The following information was excerpted from the Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 1, Part 3, Section 4-1-306.
Title 4 State Government
Chapter 1 General Provisions
Part 3 State Symbols
Tenn. Code Ann. § 4-1-306 (2015)
4-1-306. State wild flowers.
The official wild flowers of this state shall be as follows:
(1) The passion flower, family passiflora incarnate; and
(2) Tennessee Echinacea, Echinacea tennesseensis.
HISTORY: Acts 1973, ch. 16, § 1; T.C.A., § 4-117; Acts 2012, ch. 829, § 1.
"Bill History: HB3148 / SB 2976." Tennessee General Assembly. State of Tennessee, 30 Apr. 2012. Web. 29 Apr. 2015. <http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HB3148&GA=107>.
"Tennessee Code Unannotated - Free Public Access." LexisNexis©. LexisNexis©, 7 May 2012. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.<http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/>.
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.
Echinacea tennesseensis - (Beadle) Small, Tennessee Coneflower: A network connecting science with conservation - NatureServe Explorer: An Online Encyclopedia of Life.
Echinacea tennesseensis (Beadle) Small: Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
State wild flowers: Complete list of official state wild flowers from NETSTATE.COM
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Tennessee state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.
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