Texas State Flower: Bluebonnet

Texas State Flower Coloring

One of the most unusual flowers, the Bluebonnet, is the State Flower of Texas. They are a type of Lupine, but the particular lupine that they are grows mostly only in Texas. The flowers sort of resemble the bonnets that pioneer women wore which is where they got their name. They bloom in the Spring, usually April to May, but can start in March if the weather is warmer that year. In South Texas all the way up to the Dallas area, they blanket the fields turning them into beautiful Blue landscapes.  They often have Indian Paintbrush mixed in so the fields look Blue with dots of Red.

Texans like to take photos of themselves in front of those fields. They also grow along the highways, and usually the Texas Department of Public Safety issues a warning in the Spring to motorists that implores them to be careful when stopping on highways to take photos. It's actually better to go off the highways and onto the back roads to see the fields of Blue anyway. My family is from Texas when I was growing up there, it was an annual trip to go to the Hill Country North of San Antonio to see the Bluebonnets. 

As their name implies, they are Blue, with a tiny bit of White at the top of the plant which later turns Blue too, as the season wears on. Some of them smell very sweet, but many of them don't seem to have a scent at all, just their beauty. I love Bluebonnets, can you tell?

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Tennessee State Flower: Iris

Tennessee State Flower Coloring

Tennessee has one of the most beautiful State Flowers in my opinion, the Iris. (Tennessee is also one of the states that chose a separate Wildflower, in their case, the Passion Flower but the official State Flower is the Iris.) 

The Iris is a very Orchid looking flower, but it is its own species. The Iris has 6 petals, 3 that are upright, and 3 that fall away from the center, called "falls." Irises bloom in the Spring, and are available in many colors, from White, to Yellow, to Blue, to Pink, Red, and shades of Purple. In Tennessee you most often see them in shades of Purple. They are a very popular flower worldwide and are native to Europe. Besides their exquisite beauty, they have a lovely scent.  

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South Dakota Pasque Flower Coloring Page

South Dakota State Flower Coloring

The Pasque Flower is the State Flower of South Dakota. The plant only grows on Southward facing slopes in the wild, and is common throughout northwestern U.S. up to Northern Alaska. The Pasque Flower, like all tundra plants, grows low to the ground to keep out of the cold. It is also covered in fine silky hairs, which help insulate it. 

It is a Lavender color mostly, but can range from almost White, to a quite dark Lavender, almost Purple. According to English legend, the Pasque Flower springs from the blood of Vikings. I just love that, even if it's not really true. It blooms in the Spring, around Easter time, which is where it got its name.

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South Carolina State Flower: Yellow Jessamine

South Carolina State Flower Coloring

Yellow Jessamine (which some people shorten to Jasmine, but that's not really correct) is the State Flower of South Carolina. I have only been to Charleston, South Carolina once, but fell in love with it. The people, the historic mansions, the welcoming spirit, the food, everything but the humidity. Charleston is absolutely beautiful and the people there are some of the friendliest I've ever met. It's just a lovely city. 

From December through March when it blooms, you can smell the soft fragrance of the Yellow Jessamine everywhere, as it is used extensively as a ground cover and on trellises in all the gardens. As its name suggests, color it Yellow, a bright Sunlight Yellow. Too bad you can't smell its fragrance. It's lovely and used in many perfumes. 

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Rhode Island State Flower: Violet

Rhode Island State Flower Coloring

Rhode Island is one of 4 states which use the Violet as their State Flower. It's a lovely little flower and like its name suggests it is usually Purple. It can be light Purple, or dark Purple, or any shade in between. Violets also come in Cream, White, Yellow and Blue too. (Go figure) Violets have a wonderful scent and are used in many perfumes. They are ancient flowers as the Greeks and Romans both made wine from Violets and rhapsodized about them. They are small and bloom in the Spring for several months.

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Pennsylvania State Flower: Mountain Laurel

Pennsylvania State Flower Coloring

The Mountain Laurel is the State Flower of Pennsylvania (as well as Connecticut.) It's a beautiful little flower that grows on a shrub which will grow from 5 to 8 feet tall. It was named when Europeans encountered it and thought it resembled the Bay Laurel tree that grows in Europe. Mountain Laurel is easy to grow and doesn't require much sun either, and will even grow in full shade but a few hours of filtered sun light is ideal. The blossoms are either White or any of several shades of light Pink. They bloom from late Spring to mid Summer.

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Oregon Grape Coloring Page

Oregon State Flower Coloring

I have a friend who says that they got it wrong and should have named the Rhododendron as Oregon's State Flower. But they didn't, as the Oregon Grape blossom is the State Flower of Oregon. The flowers are a deep Yellow and bloom in the early Summer. After they fall off in late Summer, their plant grows dark Purple berries, that are a type of Grape. It is bitter but with added sugar can be used to make jams and jelly. The leaves and root of the plant are used by Herbalists as an anti-inflammatory medication.

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Oklahoma Rose

Oklahoma State Flower Coloring

Oklahoma is one of several states who chose the Rose as their State Flower. It is the favorite flower worldwide and is used in the most bouquets. Who remembers getting a dozen Red Roses or White Roses when you were dating? Or for Valentine's Day? I think most of my friends received them at one time or another. (Yes I did too.) 

They have one of the nicest scents in Nature, and there is even a perfume consisting entirely of the Rose fragrance, Joy. They grow in many colors and have been hybridized around the world, so there are countless varieties. White, Yellow, Pink, Red, and Purple are the most common colors of Roses, but you can go wild when you color them. They even come in Pink and White together and Yellow and Red together. I love Roses! 

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Ohio State Flower: Carnation

Ohio State Flower Coloring

Why do I want to sing "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation?" Those are the only words I know, but I remember my Mom singing it... anyway, I love Carnations, always have, always will...Besides being used for many boutonnieres over the years, Carnations are the flowers Ohio chose as their State Flower. Specifically, the Red or Scarlet Carnation. Carnations also come in White, Pink, and Purple besides Red, but Ohio uses the Red one. 

They have a lovely fragrance and last a very long time, so are popular in bouquets. The Greek botanist Theopharastus named them Dianthus (botanical name) from two Greek Words - "dios", referring to the god Zeus, and "anthos", meaning flower. Carnations are thus known as the "The Flowers of God." They bloom from May through July. 

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North Dakota State Flower, Prairie Rose

North Dakota State Flower Coloring

The Prairie Rose is the State Flower of North Dakota. (and Iowa too) Like all Roses, there are thorns on the stems so be careful if you pick them. They have a beautiful fragrance and are shades of Pink with Yellow stamens in the center. They grow as trailing vines and usually in meadows or the edge of forests in their natural state. But of course gardeners use them too and they have to be staked or fall under their own weight. They bloom in June and July. They have been used in medicine since the dawn of time. 



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North Carolina State Flower: Dogwood

North Carolina State Flower Coloring

North Carolina chose the Dogwood as its State Flower. Virginia also uses it as their State Flower and 2 states use the Dogwood Tree as their State Tree. The bark of the tree is as distinctive as the flower and is used in furniture and as a great wood for fires. 

Dogwood flowers can be White, shades of Pink, or Reddish. They have a very nice scent and the fragrance perfumes the air in the Spring. In the Autumn the leaves of the trees put on another display as they turn Red and Orange. 



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New York State Flower: Rose

New York State Flower Coloring

The Rose is the most popular flower worldwide, and New York chose it as their State Flower. The plants they grow on can be shrubs, trees, or vines. The flowers have an amazing scent and are used in many perfumes. They actually have a little fruit called Rose Hips, that is used in supplements, as it has a very high quality of Vitamin C. 

There are over 100 different types, as they have been cross bred for thousands of years. The first ones were probably in cultivated in China and Persia, as far back as 500 B.C.  In fact now scientists say they are probably 35 million years old as a species (!) Roses are available in many colors, so you can go wild coloring them. They bloom all year in cycles of 6-8 weeks, another reason why gardeners love them! 

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New Mexico Yucca Flower Coloring Page

New Mexico State Flower Coloring

When you drive across New Mexico, Southern Colorado, Texas and Arizona, you see lots of Yucca. It actually grows up in the Midwest too, but it's a plant that loves hot and dry places.  Its flower is White or Cream and the leaves are Green. But when the flowers dry up they turn Brown and hard. At that point they make a lovely dried flower decoration and I used to keep them around my house in vases.

The bell-shaped blooms emit a delicate, sweet fragrance which lures the Yucca’s sole pollinator, the Yucca moth. The relationship between New Mexico’s State Flower and the Yucca moth is a highly unusual and symbiotic one. Each species of Yucca plant is pollinated by a different species of Yucca moth uniquely suited to collect pollen from its Yucca plant. The moths roll the pollen into a ball and drop it into the stigma of a different Yucca plant of the same species. At the same time, the moth lays an egg in the flower. This happens in the early Summer, June or July when the flowers are in bloom. 


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New Jersey State Flower: Violet

New Jersey State Flower Coloring

The Violet is the State Flower of 4 states so that might speak to how popular it is. (I am counting the Wisconsin State Flower, the Wood Violet as one of the 4.) As their name suggests they are often Purple or Lavender but do come in Blue,White, Pink, Red, and Yellow plus combinations of colors, such as Blue and Yellow or dark and light Purple both on one flower, so go ahead and have fun turning them into wild color combos. They are ancient flowers as the Greeks and Romans both used them in medicine and food, and wine! Violets have a lovely scent too! 

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New Hampshire State Flower: Purple Lilac

New Hampshire State Flower Coloring

The Purple Lilac is one of my favorite flowers and is the State Flower of New Hampshire. True to its name, it comes in shades of Lavender to deeper Purple and is extremely fragrant. (Lilacs do come in 7 colors, but the State Flower is Purple Lilac.) The scent is very sweet and intoxicating and one of the strongest fragrances in Nature which makes it a favorite of many people, plus it looks beautiful hanging on its shrubs. 

The Lilac is actually a type of Syringa, which you may know is the State Flower of Idaho, so it may look familiar, but be sure you color this one Purple!  Lilac blooms in late May typically for a couple of weeks, but some types bloom in June. They can survive extreme cold and actually do better in climates that have a severe Winter. 


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Nevada State Flower, Sagebrush

Nevada State Flower Coloring

Nevada is a very dry state, in fact it looks mostly like a desert from the air and when driving across it. In the Northern part there are pine trees and a mountain range sits along the Western edge of it, but most of the state is just desert with a city full of bright neon lights and glitzy hotels sitting there surrounded by sand. (Las Vegas) So it's no wonder that Nevada chose the Sagebrush as its State Flower. 

Sage is actually an herb that is wonderful in cooking and used in medicine too and it has a fantastic scent so it works great as a State Flower, even if it's a little difficult to draw and color. It is Silvery Gray with Yellow flowers when it blooms which is in late Summer and Autumn. 

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Nebraska State Flower: Goldenrod

Nebraska State Flower Coloring

The Nebraska State Flower is the Goldenrod. Goldenrod is also the State Flower of Kentucky. Like its name suggests it is a Golden Yellow color. It blooms from July to October and has been said to be a good symbol for the pioneers who settled Nebraska and it is very hardy like they had to be since the Winters in Nebraska can be severe. 

Fun facts: Goldenrod contains a substance that produces rubber, and Thomas Edison grew very tall Goldenrod and used it to make rubber! Henry Ford used it to make the tires for his Model T car too! Also, Goldenrod is not typically allergy producing even though it gets blamed for it. It's not ragweed which is allergenic, but it often grows in proximity so it gets lumped in as a culprit. The young leaves are edible. North Americans used it in Herbal remedies for toothaches.

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Montana State Flower, Bitterroot

Montana State Flower Coloring

The Bitterroot herb produces the Bitterroot flower which is the State Flower of Montana. You might have heard of Bitterroot Valley which is a spectacular and famous valley in Montana. Lewis and Clark were introduced to Bitterroot on their expedition to Montana and brought it back with them. Indians had been using it for many years as a food and for medicine. They can live for over a year without water!

The flowers are usually Pink or Lavender, although it does come in White. But there are many White flowers, so why not color it in pale Pink or Lavender? The stamens are darker Pink. They bloom in Spring and Summer. 

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Missouri State Flower, White Hawthorn Blossom

Missouri State Flower Coloring

The White Hawthorn Blossom is a beautiful White flower of the Hawthorn plant which grows up to 25 feet long and is related to Roses. After the blossoms the shrub produces a little fruit that looks like a tiny Apple and is edible. In fact wildlife of many kinds eat the Hawthorn fruit, and many people like to make jam or jelly from it. It also has medicinal uses. 

The Hawthorn plant grows all over Missouri and provides shelter and shade for animals too. There are many varieties of White Hawthorn, and they all have White flowers. It is said that there are at least 75 different types of Hawthorn plants in Missouri. They bloom in May generally. 

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Mississippi State Flower: Magnolia

Mississippi State Flower Coloring

Mississippi's State Flower is the Magnolia. Mississippi sits right next to Louisiana which shares the Magnolia as its State Flower. The Magnolia is a quintessential Southern flower, just the epitome of Southern style and grace. It has a wonderful scent and the tree is large providing shade from the hot sun. I remember it in Texas too. 

I'll tell you something though. The flowers drop on the sidewalks and create a huge mess! But still worth it for the shade and scent of these beautiful flowers. The blossoms come in Yellow and Pink and Red but mostly they are White. 

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Minnesota State Flower: Pink and White Lady Slipper

Minnesota State Flower Coloring

The Pink and White Lady Slipper is the State Flower of Minnesota. Lady Slippers (also called Moccasin flowers or Queen's Lady Slippers) can live up to 100 years but develop slowly, taking up to 16 years to produce their first flower. Lady Slipper is actually a type of Orchid! 

Since 1925 this rare wildflower has been protected by Minnesota state law (it is illegal to pick the flowers or to uproot or unearth the plants). It is listed as threatened and endangered by many states. It became the official state flower in 1967. Like the name says, they are Pink and White. The bottom part of the flower is Pink, the rest is White. They bloom in June and July. 

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Michigan State Flower: Apple Blossom

Michigan State Flower Coloring

The Apple Blossom is the State Flower of Michigan, just as it is of Arkansas. Since Apple trees grow all over North America it's not that surprising. The scent of the Apple Blossom is very nice! And the flowers are quite beautiful too. They range from White to Pink, and often are White with Pink trim. Their scent is the basis of many perfumes being quite sweet. They bloom from April to June. 

Michigan chose  the specific species of Pyrus coronaria for its State Flower which is also called Crab Apple. They are very small apples and are used only for jellies or jams, not for eating. (There is no reason why you can't eat them however.) 

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Massachusetts Mayflower Coloring Page

Massachusetts State Flower Coloring

I just love that the Massachusetts State Flower is the Mayflower in honor of the ship that came to America housing the Pilgrims and landing in 1620, thus launching a colony in America.  It grows all over the Eastern sea board of the United States and is the flower of a trailing shrub plant. The blooms are White or Pink. They bloom from March to July. 

They used to be widely used in wreaths and this led the legislature to make it illegal to pick them from public lands. 

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Maryland State Flower: Blackeyed Susan

Maryland State Flower Coloring

Contrary to their name, the middle of Blackeyed Susans are really a deep Brown or Brownish Purple and the petals are a sunny Yellow. They look beautiful in meadows which they are known to carpet in the Summer, from June to October. They grow on large plants up to 4 feet tall, and tend to drown out other flowers that might be near them. Bees and Butterflies are very attracted to them, but they are not known for their scent, just their beauty. 

They are also known as Yellow Daisies, and Brown Betty. They have 13 petals, and this was one reason they were chosen as the State Flower since Maryland was one of the original 13 states. (Sometimes they have more than 13, but always have an odd number of petals.)

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Maine State Flower: White Pine Cone

Maine State Flower Coloring

One of the strangest state flowers is the White Pine Cone. The Pine Cone is not a flower or a seed either one. It does emit a sweet scent from its resin though. Pine trees are almost synonymous with Maine, so it's not a completely strange choice. I love the way they look and it was fun to draw this one. The Pine needles are Blue Green and the cones are Silvery White. 

It can take a few years before a Pine tree produces a Pine Cone. So don't pick them. Let them do their job of dispersing seeds into the landscape. 

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