Oklahoma state flower


Over the years controversy and debate have run rampant concerning the original choice for Oklahoma’s state flower.  To cover all the bases and please various strong willed groups from the Sooner State, officials wound up with three floral choices and three honorary titles.    


Controversy over the icons of the state of Oklahoma were not limited to the state tree.  In 1893, fourteen years before statehood, Mistletoe was adopted as the territory's flower.  Although, tiny and short-lived, the evergreen leaves and glossy white berries made it a favorite of settlers.  The issue some folks couldn't seem to get around was that mistletoe is a parasite.