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Louisiana's Official State Flower: The Magnolia

by Nicholas Karatzas 22 Mar 2023

In 1900, the state of Louisiana adopted the magnolia as its official state flower. This beautiful and fragrant flower is widely recognized across the country and has a long history in the state of Louisiana. Here, we’ll look at the meaning, history and frequently asked questions about this iconic state flower.

Meaning of the Magnolia

The magnolia is a symbol of strength and beauty. It is often associated with sweetness, purity and dignity. The magnolia is also a symbol of love, joy, peace and hope; all things that are important to Louisianans. The symbolism behind this beautiful flower makes it an ideal choice for the official state flower.

History of the Magnolia

The magnolia was first introduced to Louisiana in 1717 by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. When he arrived in Louisiana, he brought with him seeds from France for several types of plants including the magnolia grandiflora (the Southern Magnolia). By 1864, it had become so popular that it was chosen as one of three flowers selected by delegates to represent Louisiana in its bid to join the Union as a free state during Reconstruction. Over time, it became known as Louisiana’s official state flower.

DID YOU KNOW? The Southern Magnolia is also known as “Bull Bay” because bulls used to rub their horns on them when they were grazing!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Magnolia

Q: What does the magnolia represent?

A: The magnolia represents strength and beauty, love, joy peace and hope - all qualities that are important to Louisianans.

Q: When was it officially named Louisiana's state flower?

A: It was officially named in 1900 after becoming popular over time among residents of the state.

Q: Are there any other names for this type of magnolia?

A: Yes! It is also known as “Bull Bay” because bulls used to rub their horns on them when they were grazing!

No matter where you live or what you do, chances are you know about Louisiana's official state flower – the lovely and fragrant magnolias! From its rich history to its symbolic meaning, there is no denying that this beautiful bloom embodies everything that makes Louisianans proud – strength and beauty, love, joy peace and hope! If you want to learn more about these amazing flowers or find out how you can help protect them from extinction then visit your local botanical garden or nature preserve today! Thank you for joining us on our virtual journey through our beloved state’s official floral emblem – we hope you enjoyed learning more about our incredible magnolias!

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