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Georgia State Flower (Cherokee Rose)


Photographs of and Information on Georgia’s State Flower - the Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata).

Legend of the Cherokee Rose
Cherokee Rose Page from netstate.com

The Cherokee Rose became Georgia’s official state “floral emblem” by virtue of a joint resolution of the General Assembly approved by Gov. Nathaniel Harris on Aug. 18, 1916.

FLORAL EMBLEM OF THE STATE.

No. 42

A RESOLUTION.

Whereas, In many of the States of the Union some flower indigenous to the soil of the State has been chosen as an emblem of its sovereignty; and

Whereas, Hitherto the General Assembly of Georgia has made no such selection; and

Whereas, The Cherokee Rose, having its origin among the aborigines of the northern portion of the State of Georgia, is indigenous to its soil, and grows with equal luxuriance in every county of the State,

Be it therefore by the House of Representatives of Georgia, the Senate concurring, resolved, That, at the suggestion and request of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Cherokee Rose be and the same is hereby adopted as and declared to be the floral emblem of the State of Georgia.

Approved August 18, 1916.

 

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This photograph shows three stages in the flowering of a Cherokee Rose. At left center is an unopened bud; at top is a recently opened bloom
Source: Ed Jackson

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Cherokee Rose at the State Botanical Garden in Athens
Source: Courtney McGough

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Cherokee Rose in Houston County
Source: Jeff Bloodworth

Georgia State Flower (Cherokee Rose) View large image

Cherokee Rose in Houston County
Source: Jeff Bloodworth

Georgia State Flower (Cherokee Rose) View large image

Cherokee Rose in Houston County
Source: Jeff Bloodworth

Georgia State Flower (Cherokee Rose) View large image

Cherokee Rose in Pierce County
Source: Dana Oliver

Georgia State Flower (Cherokee Rose) View large image

Georgia State Bird and Flower Stamp
Source: Ed Jackson