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Official State "Flowers"

There is variation among the states in the way they have officially designated flowers to represent them. Some states designate an official state flower. Some states designate an official state floral emblem. Some states designate both an official flower and floral emblem. States have also designated wildflowers and one state has designated an official cultivated flower.

Official "flowers" listed by state. (List by state or year)
StateList by state Name Designated as Year
Alabama Camellia (Camellia japonica L.) Official State flower 1959
Alaska Wild native forget-me-not State flower and floral emblem 1917
Arizona Saguaro cactus flower (Cereus giganteus) State flower 1973
Arkansas [ None ]    
California Golden poppy (Eschscholzia) Official State flower 1903
Colorado White and lavender columbine State flower 1899
Connecticut Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) State flower 1907
Delaware Peach blossom Official State flower 1895
Florida Orange blossom State flower 1909
Georgia [ None ]    
Hawaii Native yellow hibiscus (Hibiscus brackenridgei A. Gray) Official flower 1988
Idaho Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii) State flower 1931
Illinois [ None ]    
Indiana Peony (Paeonia) Official State flower 1957
Iowa Wild rose Official State flower 1897
Kansas Wild native sunflower State flower and floral emblem 1903
Kentucky Goldenrod Official State flower 1926
Louisiana Magnolia State flower 1900
Maine [ None ]    
Maryland Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta) State flower 1918
Massachusetts Mayflower (Epigaea repens) Flower or floral emblem 1918
Michigan Apple blossom State flower 1897
Minnesota Pink and white lady slipper (Cypripedium reginae) Official flower 1893
Mississippi Flower of the magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora L.) State flower 1952
Missouri [ None ]    
Montana [ None ]    
Nebraska [ None ]    
Nevada Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata or trifida) Official State flower 1967
New Hampshire Purple lilac (Syringa vulgaris) State flower 1919
New Jersey Common meadow violet (V. sororia) State flower 1972
New Mexico Yucca flower Official flower 1927
New York Rose Official flower 1955
North Carolina Dogwood Official flower 1941
North Dakota [ None ]    
Ohio Scarlet carnation State flower 1904
Oklahoma Oklahoma rose Official flower 2004
Oregon Oregon grape Official flower 1899
Pennsylvania Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) State flower 1933
Rhode Island Violet (Viola sororia) State flower 1968
South Carolina Yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) State flower 1924
South Dakota [ None ]    
Tennessee [ None ]    
Texas Bluebonnet State flower 1901
Utah Sego lily State flower 1911
Vermont Red clover State flower 1894
Virginia [ None ]    
Washington Rhododendron macrophyllum Official flower 1949
West Virginia Big laurel Official State flower 1903
Wisconsin Wood violet (Viola papilionacea) State flower 1949
Wyoming Castillija linariaefolia (Indian paint brush) State flower 1917
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Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada

Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada, by William Cullina. 314 pages. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 15, 2000)

This most complete and authoritative guide to North American wildflowers offers clear and detailed information on growing and propagating 200 genera and 1,000 species of these precious plants. No matter what your level of interest -- whether it is to introduce a few plants into your garden or to learn how to propagate them for yourself or for sales, this book will inspire as well as inform you.

With Cullina's guidance, you'll learn in which parts of the continent the plants are found in the wild, and -- even more helpful -- where and how to succeed with them in your own garden wherever you live. As open land disappears, so too do many of the native plants that once flourished on this continent. Gardeners may be their last resort.

U. S. State Flowers in Counted Cross Stitch

U. S. State Flowers in Counted Cross Stitch , by Gerda Bengtsson. 99 pages. Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold (April 1977)

One of greatest living designers of charted cross-stitch offers exquisite, botanically correct cross stitch designs of state flowers of the 50 States.

Not currently in print, but definitely worth picking up a good used copy.

Quilting Flowers of the States

Quilting Flowers of the States, by Sue Harvey. 146 pages. House of White Birches (January 2003)

Create a great 12-inch flower block for each of the 50 states.

Techniques used are piecing, appliqué, paper-piecing and three-dimensional techniques.