Can You Name These U.S. State Flowers?

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Each of the 50 U.S. States selects various symbols to represent itself, its history, its people, and its spirit. These symbols include State flags, mottos, birds, trees, and for some, even state vegetables and gems! Most beautifully, perhaps, each State also selects a State flower (and in some cases, not a flower), some of which are native to the State they represent, and others of which are chosen for their historical meaning, botanical properties, or simply their sheer beauty.

The selection process differs from State to State. In many states, it is the State's schoolchildren who have chosen the State flower, and in some cases different States have chosen the same flower. Whatever the process, the variety of flowers chosen by the 50 States represents, too, the diversity and beauty of the United States of America, botanically speaking, from Sea to shining Sea. See how well you can recognize these flowers, by taking our quiz below!

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1. What is this Alaska state flower?

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  1. Cornflower
  2. Forget-Me-Not
Forget-Me-Nots are delicate sky blue flowers found throughout Alaska. They were chosen as a symbol of the State by the "Grand Igloo", a group of early pioneers who explored Alaska in the 19th century. Scientific name: Myosotis alpestris.
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2. What is this Alabama state flower?

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  1. Camellia
  2. Sunflower
The Camellia is actually native to Asia, but was chosen as Alabama's State Flower in 1959, replacing the Goldenrod, which some Alabamans viewed as too much like a weed. Kentucky and Nebraska, both represented by the Goldenrod, beg to differ! Scientific name: Camellia japonicais.
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3. What is this Arizona state flower?

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  1. Saguaro Cactus Blossom
  2. Lily of the Valley
Not surprisingly, Arizona's state flower comes from the giant Saguaro Cactus, the largest cactus found in the country, despite growing only about an inch per year. The cactus' flowers bloom only briefly during the day, from night until mid-day. Scientific name: Carnegiea gigantea.
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4. What is this Arkansas state flower?

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  1. Apple Blossom
  2. Hyacinth
The Apple Blossom is an homage to Arkansas' history as, at one time, one of the country's most abundant apple producers. Its selection did stir some controversy due to its biblical significance. Scientific name: Malus.
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5. What is this California state flower?

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  1. Poppy
  2. Butterflyweed
The California Poppy is very drought-resistant, allowing it to flourish all over the state, covering rolling hills and neighborhood backyards alike. Its golden, orange color is also reminiscent of the California Gold Rush days of 1949. Scientific name: Eschscholzia californica.
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6. What is this Colorado state flower?

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  1. Gerber Daisy
  2. Rocky Mountain Columbine
The Columbine was chosen by the school children of Colorado. Its name derives from the Latin word for dove, "columba". Scientific name: Aquilegia coerulea.
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7. What is this Connecticut state flower?

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  1. Mountain Laurel
  2. Bee Orchid
Connecticut shares its State flower with Pennsylvania. The pink and white blooms of the Mountain Laurel are beautiful to look at, but beware, it is largely poisonous to humans and wildlife. Scientific name: Kalmia latifolia.
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8. What is this Delaware state flower?

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  1. Peach Blossom
  2. Wild Indigo
The Peach Blossom is an homage to a time when Delaware was ripe with peach orchards and agriculture was booming in the State. Unfortunately, that boom went bust, but the Peach Blossom emblem remained. Scientific name: Prunus persica.
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9. What is this Florida state flower?

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  1. Orange Blossom
  2. Moonflower
Florida is the largest producer of oranges in the U.S., so its state flower is very appropriately the bloom that comes from an orange tree. The flowers themselves can also be used in skin care products. Scientific name: Citrus sinensis.
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10. What is this Georgia state flower?

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  1. Cherokee Rose
  2. Camellia
The Cherokee Rose is native to Asia, and arrived in the U.S. in the 18th century, and was planted by the Native American Cherokee throughout what is now Georgia. Scientific name: Rosa laevigata.
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11. What is this Hawai'i state flower?

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  1. Yellow Hibiscus
  2. Golden Poppy
Although the Hibiscus comes in many different colors, and different islands have adopted different flowers, it is the Yellow Hibiscus that became the official flower of the State of Hawai'i in 1988. Scientific name: Hibiscus brackenridgei.
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12. What is this Idaho state flower?

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  1. Mock Orange
  2. Blue False Indigo
The name "Mock Orange" refers to the fact that the flower looks and smell similar to the flowers of an orange tree. The flower was described in the journals of explorers Lewis and Clark. Scientific name: Philadelphus lewisii.
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13. What is this Illinois state flower?

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  1. Purple Violet
  2. Dahlia
Violets can be found all throughout Illinois, dotting the land with its deep purple color. It was chosen after Illinois school children voted on their favorite flower. But beware stopping to smell the flowers -- after one whiff, your nose will be temporarily desensitized due to a chemical in the flower. Scientific name: Viola.
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14. What is this Indiana state flower?

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  1. Peony
  2. Red Clover
The Peony has been growing in Asia for thousands of years, and arrived in America from Europe in the 19th century. Its name comes from "Paeon", the physician of the Greek Gods. That's right, even Gods need doctors. Scientific name: Paeonia.
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15. What is this Iowa state flower?

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  1. Wild Prairie Rose
  2. Periwinkle
Iowa chose to make its State flower the Wild Prairie Rose generally, instead of specifying one of the three species that are abundant in Iowa. The buds of the wild roses are used in medicines. Scientific name: Rosa arkansana, blanda, and carolina.
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16. What is this Kansas state flower?

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  1. Jasmine
  2. Sunflower
Native Americans have been eating the seeds of Sunflowers for thousands of years. Today, oil made from the seeds is a common cooking staple in the kitchen. Scientific name: Helianthus annuus.
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17. What is this Kentucky state flower?

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  1. Trumpet Flower
  2. Goldenrod
The Goldenrod replaced Bluegrass as Kentucky's State flower in 1926, due to protests from Kentuckians who thought it was too geographically limited, and also due to the fact that grass is not a flower. Scientific name: Solidago gigantea.
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18. What is this Louisiana state flower?

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  1. Magnolia
  2. Ranunculus
The Magnolia is named after French botanist, Pierre Magnol. In addition to also being the State flower of Mississippi, it also enjoys cinematic fame from the 1980's tear-jerker, "Steel Magnolias" and the 1999 P.T. Anderson film, "Magnolia". Scientific name: Magnolia.
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19. What is this Maine state flower?

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  1. White Pine Cone and Tassel
  2. Dogwood
Keen minds will notice that Maine's state "flower" is not a flower at all, but a pine cone. Scientific name: Pinus strobus.
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20. What is this Maryland state flower?

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  1. Yellow Butterfly Bush
  2. Black-Eyed Susan
The black and gold color of the Black-Eyed Susan matches the colors of the state flag (which has black and gold checkers), state bird (the Oriole), and even the state cat (the Calico)! Scientific name: Rudbeckia hirta.
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21. What is this Massachusetts state flower?

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  1. Sunflower
  2. Mayflower
The Mayflower is appropriately the state flower of the state where the Pilgrims landed on the Mayflower ship in the 17th century, however selection of the Mayflower was defeated twice before school children overwhelmingly voted for the Mayflower in 1918. Scientific name: Epigaea repens.
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22. What is this Michigan state flower?

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  1. Zinnia
  2. Apple Blossom
The Apple Blossom is a fitting representative for a state that is the country's third largest apple producer. Scientific name: Malus.
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23. What is this Minnesota state flower?

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  1. Pink & White Lady's Slipper
  2. Black-Eyed Susan
The Pink & White Lady's Slipper is a lovely orchid species that takes its time, sometimes taking more than 10 years to produce its first flower. Like a lovely lady, she's worth the wait. Scientific name: Cypripedium reginae.
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24. What is this Mississippi state flower?

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  1. Magnolia
  2. California Poppy
Magnolias are not only beautiful to behold, but also intensely aromatic to smell. But better be quick, the blooms may only last a few short days. Scientific name: Magnolia.
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25. What is this Missouri state flower?

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  1. Lavendar
  2. Hawthorn
There are hundreds of varieties of Hawthorns, though the state of Missouri does not specify a single one as its state flower. The more the merrier! Scientific name: Crataegus.
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26. What is this Montana state flower?

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  1. Bitterroot
  2. English Rose
Certain Native Americans believed parts of the Bitterroot had magical powers, like fending off bears, but we do not recommend trying this yourself. Scientific name: Lewisia rediviva.
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27. What is this Nebraska state flower?

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  1. Goldenrod
  2. Bluebell
Nebraska shares the Goldenrod as state flower with Kentucky. The hardiness of the flower is said to represent the endurance of Nebraska's early pioneers. Scientific name: Solidago gigantea.
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28. What is this Nevada state flower?

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  1. Petunia
  2. Sagebrush
The Sagebrush is a hardy bush that thrives in the deserts of the American southwest. It has a strong scent and is used in medicines and textiles. Scientific name: Artemisia tridentata.
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29. What is this New Hampshire state flower?

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  1. Buttercup
  2. Purple Lilac
Do not be fooled by the delicate appearance of the Purple Lilac, as a lilac bush can live for hundreds of years and was chosen to symbolize the hardiness of New Hampshirans. Scientific name: Syringa vulgaris.
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30. What is this New Jersey state flower?

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  1. Violet
  2. Skunk Cabbage
The Violet is popular as a state flower, also representing Rhode Island, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Scientific name: Viola sororia.
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31. What is this New Mexico state flower?

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  1. Yucca Flower
  2. Maiden Pink
The Yucca Flower was chosen by the school children of New Mexico to be the state flower. Early settlers of the state thought the flowers looked like candles, calling them the "Lord's candles". Scientific name: Yucca.
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32. What is this New York state flower?

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  1. Iris
  2. Rose
New York chose the Rose (of any color) as its state flower in 1955. The Rose is such a classic flower, growing throughout all of North America, that it has also been named as America's national flower. Scientific name: Rosa.
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33. What is this North Carolina state flower?

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  1. Flowering Dogwood
  2. Bluebonnet
Technically, the Flowering Dogwood refers to the tree where the flowers grow. The tree's bloom lasts through spring and summer, and remains beautiful and green through the fall. Scientific name: Cornus florida.
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34. What is this North Dakota state flower?

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  1. Wild Prairie Rose
  2. Calla Lily
Despite its beauty, the United States Department of Agriculture supposedly classifies the Wild Prairie Rose as a weed! Scientific name: Rosa blanda or arkansana.
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35. What is this Ohio state flower?

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  1. Red Carnation
  2. Chrysanthemum
The Red Carnation was chosen as Ohio's state flower in honor of President McKinley, from Ohio, who was known to wear red carnations on his lapel. Scientific name: Dianthus caryophyllus.
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36. What is this Oklahoma state flower?

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  1. Rose
  2. Daffodil
As the most recently chosen state flower, the Rose was chosen by the state of Oklahoma in 2004, supplanting the Indian Blanket and the Mistletoe (though both remain state "floral emblems"). Scientific name: Rosa.
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37. What is this Oregon state flower?

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  1. Black-Eyed Susan
  2. Grape Blossom
The Oregon Grape blossom produces a dark, tart berry that is used in cooking and for making jelly. Scientific name: Mahonia aquifolium.
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38. What is this Pennsylvania state flower?

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  1. Gerber Daisy
  2. Mountain Laurel
The Mountain Laurel was also called "spoonwood" by Native Americans, who used the wood of the bush to make spoons. Pennsylvania shares this state flower with Connecticut. Scientific name: Kalmia latifolia.
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39. What is this Rhode Island state flower?

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  1. Fuschia
  2. Blue Violet
Rhode Island shares this popular state flower with Illinois and New Jersey. Scientific name: Viola.
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40. What is this South Carolina state flower?

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  1. Yellow Jessamine
  2. Hydrangea
Not to be confused with the Jasmine flower, the Yellow Jessamine a deceptively beautiful vine that is also poisonous. Scientific name: Gelsemium sempervirens.
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41. What is this South Dakota state flower?

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  1. Pasque Flower
  2. Bird of Paradise
Beware this beauty! The Pasque Flower is as toxic as it is beautiful. Scientific name: Pulsatilla hirsutissima.
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42. What is this Tennessee state flower?

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  1. Iris
  2. Morning Glory
The Iris is the official state "cultivated" flower, while the Passion Flower is the official state "wildflower". Scientific name: Iris.
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43. What is this Texas state flower?

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  1. Bluebonnet
  2. Sunflower
Despite its name, not all Bluebonnets are blue! Some are maroon. Texas does love its Bluebonnets, also designating an official Bluebonnet city (Ennis, Texas) among other Bluebonnet symbols. Scientific name: Lupinus.
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44. What is this Utah state flower?

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  1. Sego Lily
  2. Marigold
The Sego Lily has historical significance in Utah, as a the root of the flower was eaten during a cricket plague that destroyed many crops in the 1800's. Scientific name: Calochortus nuttallii.
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45. What is this Vermont state flower?

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  1. Peony
  2. Red Clover
The Red Clover is not native to North America, as it was brought over by English colonists, but is now prevalent throughout the northeastern part of the country. Scientific name: Trifolium pratense.
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46. What is this Virginia state flower?

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  1. American Dogwood
  2. Goldenrod
The wood of the Dogwood tree is very hard and strong, often used to make tools and weapons. Scientific name: Cornus florida.
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47. What is this Washington state flower?

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  1. Coast Rhododendron
  2. Magnolia
The Coast Rhododendron was chosen as the state flower by the women of Washington state for the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Scientific name: Rhododendron macrophyllum.
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48. What is this West Virginia state flower?

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  1. Prickly Pear
  2. Rhododendron
Similar to many other states, it was the school children of West Virginia who chose this state's flower. Scientific name: Rhododendron maximum.
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49. What is this Wisconsin state flower?

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  1. Wood Violet
  2. Daffodil
This popular state flower, shared also by Illinois, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, was also chosen by the state's school children. Scientific name: Viola sororia.
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50. What is this Wyoming state flower?

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  1. Indian Paintbrush
  2. American Dogwood
The adoption of the Indian Paintbrush as Wyoming's state flower was championed by Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard, a prominent historian and economist from the University of Wyoming. Scientific name: Castilleja linariifolia.
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