Official State Flower of Oklahoma
The Oklahoma rose was designated the official state flower of Oklahoma in 2004. Oklahoma also recognizes an official floral emblem (adopted in 1893) and a state wildflower (recognized in 1986), and even a state rock shaped like a rose.
One of the most fragrant of hybrid tea roses, the Oklahoma rose is dark red, nearly black velvet in warm weather. Long, pointed buds open into huge, fully double blooms that are extremely fragrant with wonderfully strong, sweet old-rose perfume.
The rose is also the national flower of the United States, and Oklahoma is one of several states that have adopted roses as an official symbol: the rose in New York, Cherokee rose in Georgia, wild rose in Iowa, and the wild prairie rose in North Dakota. All State Flowers
There are hundreds of species of rose. Roses are red, pink, white, or yellow and can have a wonderfully rich aroma. The rose has played an important role in myth, history, and poetry from ancient times to the present.
The rose grows naturally throughout North America. Rose petals and rose hips are edible and have been used in medicines since ancient times. Rose hips (the fruit of the rose which forms at base of the flower) are eaten in winter by wild birds and other animals.