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Maryland's Beautiful State Flower: The Black-Eyed Susan

by Nicholas Karatzas 26 Dec 2022

Maryland has many unique symbols, but one of the most beloved is its state flower, the Black-Eyed Susan. The Black-Eyed Susan has a long history in Maryland and has come to symbolize the spirit of the Old Line State. In this blog post, we will explore the history and meaning of the Maryland state flower, as well as answer some frequently asked questions.

History of Maryland’s State Flower

The Black-Eyed Susan was chosen as Maryland’s state flower in 1918. It was selected by school children from all over the state who voted on their favorite flower from a selection of ten flowers native to Maryland. The other contenders for the title were azaleas, daisies, goldenrods, violets, and more.

Meaning of Maryland’s State Flower

The bright colors and cheerful appearance of this flower make it an ideal symbol for a happy occasion or celebration. As such, it has been associated with joy and happiness throughout its history in Maryland. Additionally, this flower is often used to represent patriotism due to its close association with American Revolutionary War heroine Mary Pickersgill (she used cloth made from Black-Eyed Susans in her famous flag).

Frequently Asked Questions About The Maryland State Flower

Q: What color is the official state flower?

A: The official state flower is yellow with a black center; however, some varieties have orange petals with a brownish center or white petals with a yellow center.

Q: What type of climate does it thrive in?

A: The Black-Eyed Susan thrives best in sunny areas with moist soil that drains well. It can be found growing wild throughout much of the United States from coast to coast.

Q: How can I care for my own Black-Eyed Susan plant?

A: When caring for your own Black-Eyed Susan plant at home, keep in mind that it prefers full sun exposure and slightly acidic soil (pH 5 - 7). Additionally, you should water when the top inch or two of soil feels dry to touch and deadhead faded flowers regularly throughout summer months to encourage new blooms.

Whether grown wild or cultivated at home, there’s no denying that the beautiful Black-Eyed Susan is an important symbol for both Marylanders and Americans alike. Its cheerful appearance represents joy while its association with Mary Pickersgill serves as a reminder of our country’s rich heritage and patriotism. So next time you see this gorgeous bloom growing alongside roadsides or adorning gardens across our great nation; remember that beauty blooms even amidst chaos!

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