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Idaho State Flower

Syringa blossoms - click to see all state flowers
Blooming syringa (Philadelphus lewisii); photo by Brent Miller on Flickr
(nonprofit use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).
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Syringa

Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii) was designated the official state flower of Idaho in 1931. The species name (lewisii) honors Meriwether Lewis (of the Lewis & Clark expedition), who wrote about the plant in his journal.

Syringa Facts

Syringa is a woody shrub with clusters of white, fragrant flowers (similar to mock orange) that grows up to 10 feet tall. Native Americans found many uses for the syringa - the wood was used to make pipe stems, harpoon shafts, bows, arrows, root digging sticks, and snowshoes. The bark and leaves were used to make a soap.

Syringa blossoming - click to see all state flowers
Syringa flowers (Philadelphus lewisii); photo by Laurel Parshall on Flickr (nonprofit use permitted with attribution / share alike).
See All State Flowers - National Flower.
Source:
State Emblems: Idaho Secretary of State
State Symbols (pdf): idaho.gov
Links:
Idaho Emblems (pdf): Idaho Historical Society
All State Flowers - National Flower

    

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