Magnolia

Mississippi State Flower

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Magnolia blossom (Magnolia grandiflora)

Magnolia flower (Magnolia grandiflora); photo by Rich Griffith (simplerich) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Magnolia

Mississippi designated the magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) as the official state flower in 1952. Mississippi's nickname is The Magnolia State, the state tree is the magnolia, and the magnolia is featured on the U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for Mississippi.

The magnolia was selected by the schoolchildren of Mississippi through an election held in 1900. The magnolia received 12,745 votes; the cotton blossom 4,171; and the cape jasmine 2,484.

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Magnolia blossom (Magnolia grandiflora); photo by Humberto Terenziani on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Magnolia blossom (Magnolia grandiflora)

The U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for Mississippi features magnolia blossoms (the state flower) and Mississippi's nickname: The Magnolia State. Mississippi became the 20th state in 1817. Public domain image on Wikipedia.

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