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What is the Official State Flower of Arizona?

by Nicholas Karatzas 13 Jan 2023

Arizona has two official state flowers - the saguaro cactus blossom and the palo verde. These flowers, which are both native to the desert state, tell an interesting story about its unique history and geography. In this blog post, we'll explore the meaning and history behind Arizona's state flowers, as well as answer some frequently asked questions about them.

The Saguaro Cactus Blossom: Arizona’s First State Flower

The saguaro cactus blossom is a bright white flower that blooms in late spring across Arizona's deserts. The flower itself has five petals that open wide during the day and then close at night. It's said to be one of the most beautiful wildflowers in North America, and it's also a symbol of hope for many Arizonans who see it as a reminder that even in dry and difficult times there can still be beauty.

The Palo Verde: Arizona’s Second State Flower

The palo verde is another native flower found throughout Arizona. This yellow-green flower is actually quite small – only about 1/2 inch across – but it stands out thanks to its bright color against the dry desert landscape. The palo verde is also a symbol of resilience; although it doesn't require much water to survive, it can still bloom even in times of drought.

Frequently Asked Questions About Arizona’s State Flowers

Q1: When were these flowers officially designated as the state flowers?

A1: The saguaro cactus blossom was designated as the official state flower in 1931 while the palo verde was designated as an official state flower in 2001.

Q2: What other states have these flowers as their official state flower?

A2: Both the saguaro cactus blossom and palo verde are found throughout southern parts of North America, so they're also recognized by other states such as California, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nevada (the latter two with just one or both).

Q3: Are these flowers endangered?

A3: Both these flowers are not endangered but they are threatened due to habitat loss due to urban sprawl and agricultural development. Conservation efforts are ongoing to protect these native plants from becoming endangered species.

The saguaro cactus blossom and palo verde are two iconic symbols of Arizona’s unique landscape and culture. As such, they’re more than just pretty faces! These native plants represent resilience and hope for Arizonans who cherish them not just as beautiful decorations but symbols of what makes our state special. Whether you’re an Arizonan or not, take some time to appreciate all that these native plants have to offer!

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