56 Gorgeous Flowers for Every Part of America

These official petals prove there are beautiful blooms from sea to shining sea.


Iowa has the Wild Rose and Mississippi has the Magnolia. (And if you're wondering about the 56, it's because we included the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, too!) See which fragrant flower holds weight in your home state.

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Alabama: Camellia

Alabama swapped the goldenrod for the in 1959. This petaled flower, which peaks in January and February, is native to Asia.

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Alaska: Forget-Me-Not

Usually found in alpine meadows, adopted the forget-me-not when it officially entered the Union.

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American Samoa: Teuila

American Samoa celebrates this gorgeous red flower every year at the in September.

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Arizona: Saguaro Cactus Flower

Blink and you'll miss it — the , found primarily in the Sonoran Desert, only lasts the night it blooms.

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Arkansas: Apple Blossom

"The Natural State" once produced more than a year.

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California: California Poppy

Mark your calendar: April 6 is California Poppy Day. Naturalist Adelbert Von Chamisso gave , Eschsholtzia californica, when he arrived in San Francisco in 1816.

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Colorado: Rocky Mountain Columbine

Mountain climber Edwin James at Pikes Peak in 1820.

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Connecticut: Mountain Laurel

This is also known as the "Calico Bush" or "Spoonwood."

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Delaware: Peach Blossom

Move over, Georgia — was once known as the "Peach State," with over 800,000 varieties within its borders.

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District of Columbia: American Beauty Rose

Although it's technically not a state, the has an official flower — and it's not the cherry blossom. The American Beauty Rose blooms in late spring to early summer and can grow up to 15 feet tall.

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Florida: Orange Blossom

It's not just about the O.J. — the produces a scent that fills central and south Florida during peak seasons.

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Georgia: Cherokee Rose

An evergreen climbing shrub, the can grow in the dry conditions of the American South but it's actually native to China.

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Guam: Bougainvillea

Guam's is also called Puti tai nobio and known as the paper flower.

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Hawaii: Yellow Hibiscus

Although each island has it own official bloom, the , or pua aloalo, became the official state flower in 1988.

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Idaho: Syringa

The name, Philadelphus lewisii, honors explorer Meriwether Lewis, who documented the plant in his journal.

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Illinois: Violet

schoolchildren chose the violet in 1907 and their adorable pick was written into law a year later.

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Indiana: Peony

Sorry, zinnia-fans — the replaced those long-stem beauties as Indiana's state flower in 1957.

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Iowa: Wild Rose

Native Americans treasured the for its medicinal and nutritional properties. It's a natural remedy for eye conditions and stomach ailments.

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Kansas: Sunflower

The featured on the state quarter and flag also makes an appearance in the official nickname: "The Sunflower State."

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Kentucky: Goldenrod

The replaced bluegrass as Kentucky's flower in 1926 after gardening clubs said the golf-course favorite only represented one region of the state.

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Louisiana: Magnolia

This , found throughout the "Child of the Mississippi," was chosen in 1900.

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Maine: White Pine Cone and Tassel

The is the Northeast's largest conifer. Fun fact: The term "tassel" actually refers to the evergreen's needles.

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Maryland: Black-eyed Susan

A member of the sunflower family, the black-eyed Susan blooms May through August. It was designated as in 1918.

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Massachusetts: Mayflower

You can find this growing in the woods. The endangered plant comes in white and pink varieties.

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Michigan: Apple Blossom

Michigan selected in 1897.

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Minnesota: Pink and White Lady's Slipper

Part of the orchid species, thrives in cool, damp places. The state has regulated the collection and commercial sale of the plant for over eighty years.

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Mississippi: Magnolia

The beat out the cotton blossom and cape jasmine in a 1900 election. But the state legislature took more than five decades to make the victory official.

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Missouri: White Hawthorn Blossom

Over 75 species of can be found in Missouri.

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Montana: Bitterroot

It's a gardening miracle! The , also known as the "resurrection flower," can live up to a year without water.

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Nebraska: Goldenrod

The , which blooms from July to October, was named the state flower of Nebraska in 1895.

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