Do you know your state's flower?
Most denizens of any of the 50 United States likely feel some sense of pride for their home state. While many of these inhabitants can likely discuss the cultural norms of their home or verbally unload trivia about their local sports teams, some might get lost in naming the specific symbols chosen to represent their state. Possibly the easiest fact to remember is a state flag, but further down would probably be state nicknames, mottos, and birds.
Each of the 50 states has adopted its own flower, with each representing not only the environment but the perceived persona of that state. These traits may include a flower's medicinal properties, aesthetic, and color, or history tying it to a historical figure or U.S. president. In some cases, state flowers may have been chosen by public consensus or votes. Every state legislature is responsible for officially designating a state flower, which is native but not necessarily exclusive to that state.
Stacker has compiled a quiz to see how well you know your state's flower. The quiz includes all 50 state flowers—not including “state wildflowers,” which some states such as Alabama and Louisiana have. Some state flowers are evident from their name alone—the origin of the “California poppy” and the “Rocky Mountain columbine”—might be easy to guess. Others, such as the peach blossom or the Cherokee rose, aren't quite as easy to figure out. For each slide in this gallery, you'll get information on a state flower's characteristics, smell, blooming season, and even historical background. Each subsequent slide will reveal the flower's name.
Think you can guess your home state's flower, and a few others? Read on to find out.
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Also called “the rose of winter,” Alabama's state flower was designated in 1959, replacing the goldenrod. While this flower can be found in Alabama, it is also native to a number of Asian countries, including China, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. With smooth and polished leaves, this flower is known for its distinct shades of white, pink, and red.
Alabama flower: Camellia
Adopted by the organization called the “Grand Igloo” in 1907, long before Alaska was an official state, this true blue flower has a long history with the northernmost state in the country. This flower grows in open and rocky parts of the state during the midsummer, coming in other varieties such as the mountain forget-me-nots and splendid forget-me-nots. It is fragrant during the nighttime, but gives off no scent during the day.
Alaska flower: Alpine forget-me-not
Arizona's state flower is indigenous to the region and can grow up to 50-feet-high and live for up to 200 years. These flowers do not grow off of bushes or shrubs, and thrive in the desert, particularly the Sonoran Desert. Harming this flower is illegal in Arizona, meaning construction projects must take special precautions should any be in their way.
Arizona flower: Saguaro cactus blossom
This flower was designated as the flower for Arkansas in 1901, a period of time when the state was one of the country's biggest apple producers. While disease and frost eventually tarnished the state's reputation as such, this flower still remains as a symbol for that time. These flowers can be seen in clusters of pink and white, giving off a honeysuckle scent.
Arkansas flower: Apple blossom
California may be a large state, but its state flower can be as small as 2 inches short. It can also be named the flame flower, la amapola, or copa de oro, the latter meaning “cup of gold.” Indigenous peoples in California found the flower to be an important resource, taking advantage of it for food and oil; the flower is also quite drought-resistant.
California flower: California Poppy2018 All rights reserved.