What is the state flower of Tennessee?

Initially in the year 1919 Exotic Passion flower was chosen as the state flower symbol by the school children in Tennessee. This popular garden flower is commonly found around us, coming in various colors. This flower gets its name from the Greek goddess of the rainbow with the same name belonging to the family Iridaceae. With more than 200 species this flower makes a great appearance around us.

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In the southeast of the United States you will find the State of Tennessee, which is the 36th largest state in the US. Tennessee is known for its country music scene, Rolling hills, Moonpie, Museums and National Park. Apart from all things famous in History, Tennessee was an agricultural state that later developed into the commerce sector.

Symbols of the State of Tennessee

Among symbols of the State of Tennessee, the most interesting ones are its flowers. Not one but Tennessee has three state flowers. Initially in the year 1919 Exotic Passion flower was chosen as the state flower symbol by the school children in Tennessee. Later on in 1933 Iris was chosen to be the state flower by a Senate joint resolution however it was later termed to be as the ‘State cultivated flower’. Once again in 2012, the Cone flower was added to this designation of being a state symbol.

  • State Wildflower- Passion Flower

This flower derives its name from Christian theology and it is related to the short span of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion and its various parts are believed to represent each of his last days. Its parts are supposed to represent the three crosses, the crown of thorns, nails and cords. Back in Tennessee this flower is known as Maypop, the Wild apricot and Ocoee. Scientifically named as Passiflora incarnate. Not just an interesting name this flower also bears culinary fruits used in juices, Jellies and Deserts. In ancient medicine these flowers were used to help with insomnia and hypertension.

  • State Wildflower- Coneflower

This delicate looking purple flower is known as Echinacea Tennessee is or Tennessee purple coneflower. This flower is specifically found at cedar glades in Middle Tennessee. These flowers are listed as an endangered species hence they are rare and hard to find and can only be located in Davidson county, Wilson county and Rutherford county.

  • Iris

This popular garden flower is commonly found around us, coming in various colors. This flower gets its name from the Greek goddess of the rainbow with the same name belonging to the family Iridaceae. With more than 200 species this flower makes a great appearance around us. This flower also has a Christian symbolism as it is believed to represent Virgin Mary and her sorrows of life.

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  • Other State symbols

Some other unique state symbols of Tennessee are-

  • State trees- Tulip Poplar and Eastern Red Cedar
  • State fruit- Tomato
  • State insects- Firefly, Ladybug and Honey Bee.

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