Each of the 50 states have
designated an official tree and flower. Many of the
state flowers are from other parts of the world and were
chosen because of their beauty or importance, not
because they represent the natural flora of the state
they represent. Some of the Latin names you see here may
be different from those you may have seen before due to
changes in plant nomenclature; we have chosen to list
the current valid botanical name. Where more than one
accepted common name exists, the common name in the
legislation has been listed.
One state even lists a state flower that is not a
flower at all.
Maine designated the white pine cone and tassel as
its state flower. Botanically, these are not considered
flowers since gymnosperms do not have true flowers. The
reproductive structures of pines are known as strobili.
You could accurately
state the Maine is the only state to have an
official state strobilae. If you thought Oklahoma was
the right answer, you are nearly correct. Mistletoe is a
plant and is not a flower. It is, however, a flowering
plant and bears true flowers, even though they are not