Do you know what every state flower looks like?

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As the months get warmer, flowers are starting to bloom, dotting the landscape with swaths of vibrant color. In celebration of spring, we’ve put together this list of every state’s official flower, with lovely photos and a little history as well.

Camellia
Camellia by junichiro aoyama (CC BY)

1. Alabama: Camellia

  • Year it became official: 1959
  • How to find it: Look for delicate light pink petals folded up tightly, although you can also find the flower in a variety of other colors across the South.
Alpine Forget-Me-Not
Alpine Forget-Me-Not by Meneerke bloem (CC BY-SA)

2. Alaska: Alpine Forget-me-not

  • Year it became official: 1917
  • How to find it: This dainty purplish-blue flower has a yellow-white core. You can find varieties of the forget-me-not across Alaska.
Arizona: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Arizona: Saguaro Cactus Blossom by raelb Follow (CC BY-NC-SA)

3. Arizona: Saguaro Cactus Blossom

  • Year it became official: 1931
  • How to find it: Unsurprisingly, Arizona’s state flower is a blooming cactus. Look for white flowers with a yellow center at the end of a cactus. When the flowers haven’t bloomed yet, you’ll likely see large green buds attached to the cactus.
apple blossom
apple blossom by to.wi (CC BY-NC-SA)

4. Arkansas: Apple Blossom

  • Year it became official: 1901
  • How to find it: Given Arkansas’ history as an apple-growing state, it only makes sense that the apple blossom is its official state flower. If you can’t make of the state’s many apple blossom festivals, you can still find this white and pink flower naturally across the state.
california poppy
california poppy by docentjoyce (CC BY)

5. California: California Poppy

  • Year it became official: 1903
  • How to find it: This vibrant “golden” flower is a great choice for the Golden State. It has elegant, flowing petals that wrap around its stem.
Rocky Mountain Columbine
Rocky Mountain Columbine by Rob Duval (CC BY-SA)

6. Colorado: Rocky Mountain Columbine

  • Year it became official: 1899
  • How to find it: The columbine is a white and lavender flower with graceful yellow seeds hanging from its center like tentacles. If you couldn’t tell by the name, you can find it in the Rocky Mountains, among other places around Colorado.
mountain laurel
mountain laurel by Arx Fortis (CC BY-SA)

7. Connecticut: Mountain Laurel

  • Year it became official:1907
  • How to find it: This flower is known for its star-shaped petals and reddish-pinkish specks.
Peach Blossom
Peach Blossom by pepperberryfarm (CC BY-NC-ND)

8. Delaware: Peach Blossom

  • Year it became official:1895
  • How to find it: Look for bold pinkish-orange petals, like the color of an actual peach.
Orange Blossom
Orange Blossom by (CC BY-NC-SA)

9. Florida: Orange Blossom

  • Year it became official: 1909
  • How to find it: Unsurprisingly, Florida chose the orange blossom for its state flower. Look for a white-cream petal with an orange-yellow middle.
Cherokee Rose
Cherokee Rose by Courtney McGough (CC BY-NC-ND)

10. Georgia: Cherokee Rose

  • Year it became official: 1916
  • How to find it: This is a white rose with a bright yellow middle.
Pua Aloalo
Pua Aloalo by Rosa Say (CC BY-NC-ND)

11. Hawaii: Pua ‘Ilima

  • Year it became official: 1988
  • How to find it: Look for a hibiscus-shaped flower that’s a bright golden yellow.
Syringa
Syringa by Brent Miller (CC BY-NC-ND)

12. Idaho: Syringa

  • Year it became official: 1931
  • How to find it: This flower has four white petals with pastel yellow seeds in the middle.
violet
violet by Maia C (CC BY-NC-ND)

13. Illinois: Violet

  • Year it became official: 1908
  • How to find it: Keep your eyes peeled for a small flower that is, well, violet.
Peony
Peony by Bob Gutowski (CC BY-NC-SA)

14. Indiana: Peony

  • Year it became official: 1957
  • How to find it: This is a bold, fluffy flower that’s most commonly a vibrant pinkish-red, although it can be found in other colors, too.
Wild Rose
Wild Rose by jinjian liang (CC BY-NC-ND)

15. Iowa: Wild Rose

  • Year it became official: 1897
  • How to find it: The flower has small, delicate pink-white petals and a thick stem with lots of leaves.
Sunflowers
Sunflowers by LynnK827 (CC BY-NC-ND)

16. Kansas: Wild Native Sunflower

  • Year it became official: 1903
  • How to find it: Look for thick stems and its signature yellow petals. You can find sunflowers across the state.
Goldenrod
Goldenrod by Elaine (CC BY-NC-SA)

17. Kentucky: Goldenrod

  • Year it became official: 1926
  • How to find it: The goldenrod is shaped like a lightning bolt speckled with tiny yellow buds.
magnolia
magnolia by Paxsimius (CC BY-SA)

18. Louisiana: Magnolia

  • Year it became official: 1900
  • How to find it: Magnolias have thick, curved petals and are most commonly found in a cream-white color.
White Pine Cone and Tassel
White Pine Cone and Tassel by Eli Sagor (CC BY-NC)

19. Maine: White Pine Cone and Tassel

  • Year it became official: 1895
  • How to find it: White pines can be seen across Maine. Just look for the massive white pine trees, and the pine cones are sure to follow.
Black-Eyed Susan
Black-Eyed Susan by Dendroica cerulea (CC BY-NC-SA)

20. Maryland: Black-Eyed Susan

  • Year it became official: 1918
  • How to find it: As the name suggests, this flower has a strong, big black middle and is surrounded by yellow petals.
Mayflower
Mayflower by Jim Sorbie (CC BY)

21. Massachusetts: Mayflower

  • Year it became official: 1918
  • How to find it: Look for bunched-together small, star-shaped petals. They’re most commonly found in shades of white and purple.
apple blossom
apple blossom by to.wi (CC BY-NC-SA)

22. Michigan: Apple Blossom

  • Year it became official: 1897
  • How to find it: Michigan named the apple blossom its official state flower since apples grow naturally across Michigan.
Pink & White Lady Slipper
Pink & White Lady Slipper by Orchidhunter1939 (CC BY-SA)

23. Minnesota: Pink & White Lady Slipper

  • Year it became official: 1967
  • How to find it: These flowers have unique petals that curve upward, making them look like a multi-colored slipper.
Magnolia
Magnolia by pontla (CC BY-NC-ND)

24. Mississippi: Magnolia

  • Year it became official: 1952
  • How to find it: Magnolias were chosen by school children to be the state flower. The flower also appears on the state’s bicentennial coin.
Hawthorn flowers
Hawthorn flowers by Eugene Zelenko (CC BY-SA)

25. Missouri: White Hawthorn Blossom

  • Year it became official: 1923
  • How to find it: Look for clustered little white flowers with black seeds.
Bitterroot
Bitterroot by David A. Hofmann (CC BY-NC-ND)

26. Montana: Bitterroot

  • Year it became official: 1895
  • How to find it: Bitterroots have overlapping purple-white petals and white middle.
Goldenrod
Goldenrod by Tim Tonjes (CC BY-NC-SA)

27. Nebraska: Goldenrod

  • Year it became official: 1895
  • How to find it: Goldenrods are native to Nevada and be found by looking for fuzzy yellow buds that are grouped together.
sagebrush
sagebrush by Joel Hoffman (CC BY-NC-ND)

28. Nevada: Sagebrush

  • Year it became official: 1917
  • How to find it: Look for tall, fuzzy stems with about three“petals” sticking up straight from the stem.
Pink & White Lady Slipper
Pink & White Lady Slipper by Orchidhunter1939 (CC BY-SA)

29. New Hampshire: Pink Lady’s Slipper

  • Year it became official: 1991
  • How to find it: This flower has one long petal that curls to look like a slipper.
Wood Violet
Wood Violet by Maia C (CC BY-NC-ND)

30. New Jersey: Violet

  • Year it became official: 1913
  • How to find it: Violets speckle New Jersey’s landscape with bold purple flowers.
Yucca Flower
Yucca Flower by DM (CC BY-ND)

31. New Mexico: Yucca

  • Year it became official: 1927
  • How to find it: The yucca flower has a signature white bulb, although there are other species of the flower across the state, too.
Red rose
Red rose by T.Kiya (CC BY-SA)

32. New York: Rose

  • Year it became official: 1955
  • How to find it: While you may not find roses growing naturally in New York City, you can find them in the state’s more rural or country areas.
Dogwood
Dogwood by David Hoffman (CC BY-NC-ND)

33. North Carolina: Dogwood

  • Year it became official: 1941
  • How to find it: Dogwood flowers have tiny white petals and bold yellow cores. They are often grouped together like a thunderbolt.
wild prairie rose
wild prairie rose by Alexwcovington (CC BY-SA)

34. North Dakota: Wild Prairie Rose

  • Year it became official: 1907
  • How to find it: The wild prairie rose has light pink petals and a golden center.
red carnation
red carnation by カールおじさん (CC BY-SA)

35. Ohio: Red Carnation

  • Year it became official: 1904
  • How to find it: This flower’s red petals create a fluffy bulb.
red rose
red rose by Jörg Kanngießer (CC BY-NC)

36. Oklahoma: Oklahoma Rose

  • Year it became official: 2004
  • How to find it: The state liked the flower so much, they named it after themselves. This variation of the rose is commonly used in teas.
 Oregon Grape
Oregon Grape by Meggar (CC BY-SA)

37. Oregon: Oregon Grape

  • Year it became official: 1899
  • How to find it: The Oregon grape is a bushel of tiny yellow bulbs arranged like grapes.
Mountain Laurel
Mountain Laurel by Tim Singer (CC BY-NC-SA)

38. Pennsylvania: Mountain Laurel

  • Year it became official: 1933
  • How to find it: Mountain Laurels are petticoat-shaped flowers with a star-shaped pattern in a reddish-pink color on the inside. They puff out like an umbrella.
violet
violet by Dendroica cerulea (CC BY-NC-SA)

39. Rhode Island: Violet

  • Year it became official: 1968
  • How to find it: You can find violets across the state, as they are common throughout the northern hemisphere.
Yellow Jessamine
Yellow Jessamine by John ‘K’ (CC BY-NC-ND)

40. South Carolina: Yellow Jessamine

  • Year it became official: 1924
  • How to find it: This is another delicate but bold flower. The yellow jessamine grows wildly in the state.
American Pasque
American Pasque by Hillarie (CC BY-NC-ND)

41. South Dakota: American Pasque

  • Year it became official: 1903
  • How to find it: Look for oval-shaped purple petals with a yellow-gold middle.
Iris
Iris by Fred (CC BY)

42. Tennessee: Iris

  • Year it became official: 1933
  • How to find it: Irises have a purple-blue petal with a yellow middle where the two petals combine.
bluebonnet
bluebonnet by Stephanie (CC BY-NC-ND)

43. Texas: Bluebonnet

  • Year it became official: 1901
  • How to find it: Bonnets are small blue buds or redbuds that climb upward, forming the shape of a bonnet.
Sego Lily
Sego Lily by C.Maylett (CC BY-SA)

44. Utah: Sego Lily

  • Year it became official: 1911
  • How to find it: This lily has three oval petals and three triangular ones. It’s most commonly found in white.
Red Clover
Red Clover by Tim Tonjes (CC BY-NC-ND)

45. Vermont: Red Clover

  • Year it became official: 1894
  • How to find it: This flower forms a large bulb out of smaller bulbs. It’s commonly found in red or purple.
dogwood
dogwood by laura.bell (CC BY-NC-ND)

46. Virginia: American Dogwood

  • Year it became official: 1918
  • How to find it: This flower can be found on dogwood branches. Look for small white flowers, although in winter the flower can develop redbuds as well.
Rhododendron
Rhododendron by Arx Fortis (CC BY-SA)

47. Washington: Coast Rhododendron

  • Year it became official: 1959
  • How to find it: Look for pastel reds and pinks stained on a white flower. They naturally grow in the shape of a bouquet.
Rhododendron
Rhododendron by Arx Fortis (CC BY-SA)

48. West Virginia: Rhododendron

  • Year it became official: 1903
  • How to find it: The rhododendron has a series of small cream flowers bunched in a bouquet formation. They have light green seeds in their middles.
violet
violet by Maia C (CC BY-NC-ND)

49. Wisconsin: Wood Violet

  • Year it became official: 1909
  • How to find it: Wisconsin is one of the many other Midwest states that chose the violet as their flower. The wood violet can be found across Wisconsin.
Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush by rumolay (CC BY-NC-ND)

50. Wyoming: Indian Paintbrush

  • Year it became official:1917
  • How to find it: This flower has a tall stem with flowers budding up and down it. It’s called a paintbrush because the red flowers bloom randomly on the stem, making it look like specks of paint on a brush.

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Kaitlyn Farley

Kaitlyn Farley is MediaFeed’s writer/editor. She is a masters of science in journalism candidate at Northwestern University, specializing in social justice and investigative reporting. She has worked at various radio stations and newsrooms, covering higher-education, local politics, natural disasters and investigative and watchdog stories related to Title IX and transparency issues.

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