Iowa has the Wild Rose and Mississippi has the Magnolia. (And if you're wondering about the 56, it's because we included the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, too!) See which fragrant flower holds weight in your home state.
Alabama swapped the goldenrod for the camellia in 1959. This petaled flower, which peaks in January and February, is native to Asia.
Usually found in alpine meadows, Alaska adopted the forget-me-not when it officially entered the Union.
American Samoa celebrates this gorgeous red flower every year at the Teuila Festival in September.
Blink and you'll miss it — the Saguaro cactus blossom, found primarily in the Sonoran Desert, only lasts the night it blooms.
"The Natural State" once produced more than 400 apple varieties a year.
Mark your calendar: April 6 is California Poppy Day. Naturalist Adelbert Von Chamisso gave the flower its botanical name, Eschsholtzia californica, when he arrived in San Francisco in 1816.
Mountain climber Edwin James discovered this purple beauty at Pikes Peak in 1820.
This lovely shrub is also known as the "Calico Bush" or "Spoonwood."
Move over, Georgia — Delaware was once known as the "Peach State," with over 800,000 varieties within its borders.
Although it's technically not a state, the District of Columbia has an official flower — and it's not the cherry blossom. The American Beauty Rose blooms in late spring to early summer and can grow up to 15 feet tall.
It's not just about the O.J. — the fragrant flower produces a scent that fills central and south Florida during peak seasons.
An evergreen climbing shrub, the Cherokee rose can grow in the dry conditions of the American South but it's actually native to China.
Guam's state flower is also called Puti tai nobio and known as the paper flower.
Although each island has it own official bloom, the yellow hibiscus, or pua aloalo, became the official state flower in 1988.
The syringa's species name, Philadelphus lewisii, honors explorer Meriwether Lewis, who documented the plant in his journal.
Illinois schoolchildren chose the violet in 1907 and their adorable pick was written into law a year later.
Sorry, zinnia-fans — the peony replaced those long-stem beauties as Indiana's state flower in 1957.
Native Americans treasured the wild rose for its medicinal and nutritional properties. It's a natural remedy for eye conditions and stomach ailments.
The bright yellow bloom featured on the state quarter and flag also makes an appearance in the official nickname: "The Sunflower State."
The goldenrod replaced bluegrass as Kentucky's flower in 1926 after gardening clubs said the golf-course favorite only represented one region of the state.
This evergreen flower, found throughout the "Child of the Mississippi," was chosen in 1900.
The White Pine is the Northeast's largest conifer. Fun fact: The term "tassel" actually refers to the evergreen's needles.
A member of the sunflower family, the black-eyed Susan blooms May through August. It was designated as Maryland's state flower in 1918.
You can find this creeping shrub growing in the woods. The endangered plant comes in white and pink varieties.
Michigan selected this native flower in 1897.
Part of the orchid species, the flower thrives in cool, damp places. The state has regulated the collection and commercial sale of the plant for over eighty years.
The magnolia beat out the cotton blossom and cape jasmine in a 1900 election. But the state legislature took more than five decades to make the victory official.
Over 75 species of hawthorn trees can be found in Missouri.
It's a gardening miracle! The bitterroot, also known as the "resurrection flower," can live up to a year without water.
The goldenrod, which blooms from July to October, was named the state flower of Nebraska in 1895.
A lack of water won't hold this shrub back. The sagebrush can grow up to 12 feet high in a desert environment.
A British native, the purple lilac was imported in 1750. In 1919, it beat out the apple blossom, purple aster, wood lily, and other blooms to become New Hampshire's flower.
After over 50 years of legislative delays, the violet became the official pick in 1971.
Found in grassy desert highlands, there are over 40 species of yucca in New Mexico.
The rose serves double duty as New York and the country's official flower.
A state law actually protects these flowering trees from damage or removal.
Growing wild all over the state, the wild prairie rose became North Dakota's official choice in 1907.
Plumerias are often used to make Hawaiian leis, and are also known for their heavy fragrance.
The carnation was chosen to honor Ohio native William McKinley. The assassinated president often wore one on his jacket lapel.
The hybrid tea rose was designated as Oklahoma's official state flower in 2004, although mistletoe and Indian blanket were also used for years.
The plant, found primarily on the Pacific coast, was named the official state flower in 1899.
Growing in the wooded and hillside areas of the state, the mountain laurel is a member of the heath family.
The Puerto Rican hibiscus is also often called "Rose of Althea" or "Rose of Sharon."
Rhode Island was the last state to officially adopt a state flower in 1968, but students actually voted on it a century earlier in 1897.
This climbing woody vine native to South Carolina became the official state flower in 1924.
The flower's name comes from the French word for Easter, a probable reference to the time it blooms. But be warned — the pasque is highly toxic if eaten.
There are about 170 species of iris, but the Tennessee state legislature never singled one out. A purple version is the most commonly accepted variety.
Usually found in the countryside of South Central Texas, bluebonnets bloom in early spring.
It's got more than looks — early settlers in Utah would eat the root of the sego lily when food was scarce.
This cheerful bloom became the official state flower of the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1934.
The red clover represents rural Vermont's farms and fields. The flower's not only a snack for livestock but can also be an ingredient in tea.
Also known as boxwood, the tree is said to be a favorite of President Thomas Jefferson, who grew the plant on his Monticello estate.
The women of Washington chose the coast rhododendron for a floral exhibit at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.
A shrub of the heath family, the rhododendron was adopted as West Virginia's official state flower in 1903.
The wood violet beat out the wild rose, trailing arbutus, and white water lily in a school vote. It became the official state flower in 1909.
Found in cooler environments in parts of North America and Asia, the Indian paintbrush was named the official state flower of Wyoming in 1917.