state flowers. Each state of the United States has designated, usually by legislative action, one flower as its floral emblem; the rose has been designated by Congress as the national flower of the United States. The floral emblem of the District of Columbia is the American Beauty rose; the state flowers are: Alabama, camellia; Alaska, alpine forget-me-not; Arizonia, saguaro cactus blossom; Arkansas, apple blossom; California, California poppy; Colorado, Rocky Mountain columbine; Connecticut, mountain laurel; Delaware, peach blossom; Florida, orange blossom; Georgia, Cherokee rose; Hawaii, yellow hibiscus; Idaho, syringa; Illinois, violet; Indiana, peony; Iowa, wild rose; Kansas, sunflower; Kentucky, goldenrod; Louisiana, magnolia; Maine, white pine cone and tassel; Maryland, black-eyed Susan; Massachusetts, mayflower; Michigan, apple blossom; Minnesota, pink and white lady's slipper (showy lady's slipper); Mississippi, magnolia; Missouri, white hawthorn blossom; Montana, bitterroot; Nebraska, goldenrod; Nevada, sagebrush; New Hampshire, purple lilac; New Jersey, violet; New Mexico, yucca; New York, rose; North Carolina, dogwood; North Dakota, prairie rose; Ohio, red carnation; Oklahoma, mistletoe; Oregon, Oregon grape; Pennsylvania, mountain laurel; Rhode Island, violet; South Carolina, yellow jessamine; South Dakota, pasqueflower; Tennessee, iris; Texas, bluebonnet; Utah, sego lily; Vermont, red clover; Virginia, flowering dogwood; Washington, coast rhododendron; West Virginia, rhododendron; Wisconsin, wood violet; Wyoming, Indian paintbrush. Some states have also designated state wildflowers.
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