Red Carnation

Ohio State Flower


Red carnation

Red carnation; photo by Louisa Billeter on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Red Carnation

Ohio designated the red carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) as the official state flower in 1904 to honor President William McKinley (an Ohioan) who was assassinated in 1901. President McKinley liked to wear red carnations on the lapel of his jacket.