state flower


: a flowering plant selected (as by the legislature) as an emblem of a state of the U.S.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web What is Indiana's state flower? Peony. The Indianapolis Star, 1 July 2022 While Central Texas is home to an especially colorful array of wildflowers, the bluebonnet is the official state flower and the showstopper of spring. Mariah Tyler, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2023 On Arbor Day 1909, the final vote was taken, and in 1949, the wood violet became the official state flower. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2023 The bluebonnet, which is the Texas state flower, can be found across many regions of the state, captivating locals and visitors alike during its brief blooming period, which runs from late March through late April. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, 30 Mar. 2023 According to its annual Wildflower Forecast, released last week, the drought experienced throughout Texas last summer may prove advantageous for the five native species of bluebonnets, Texas's official state flower. Shepard Price, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Mar. 2023 Say’s firefly; and a state flower, the peony. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 27 June 2022 Though the name might evoke unsavory notions upon first glance, it's actually titled after the pretty yellow flower by the same name, which happens to be Maryland's state flower and is used to make the celebratory blanket that's draped over the winning horse at the Preakness Stakes. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 8 June 2021 In early September, after narrowing down a list of redesign proposals to two, a group of commissioners voted by an 8-1 margin in favor of the New Magnolia, which features a magnolia, the Mississippi state flower, on a navy background surrounded by white stars with one gold star at the top. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 4 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of state flower was in 1898

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“State flower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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state flower

: a flowering plant selected (as by the legislature) as an emblem of a state of the U.S.
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