Oklahoma Rose

Oklahoma State Flower


Oklahoma rose

Oklahoma rose; photo © Heirloom Roses (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Oklahoma Rose

The Oklahoma rose was designated the official state flower of Oklahoma in 2004. 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 our national flower, and several states have adopted roses as official state symbols: the rose in New York, Cherokee rose in Georgia, and the wild prairie rose in Iowa and North Dakota.

The rose has been around for about 35 million years and grows naturally throughout North America.  Roses are red, pink, white, or yellow and can have a wonderfully rich aroma.  The 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.

The rose has played an important role in myth, history, and poetry from ancient times to the present.