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.
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.