Official State Flower of West Virginia
Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum) was designated the official state flower of West Virginia in 1903 (recommended by the Governor, and a vote by the public and school students of West Virginia). All State Flowers.
Common names for Rhododendron maximum include American rhododendron, great laurel, and great rhododendron (or big rhododendron). This species of rhododendron is native to eastern North America (the state of Washington recognizes another species, coast rhododendron, as an official state symbol.