Flowering Dogwood is the state flower of Virginia. It is commonly known as American Dogwood, which is scientifically known as Cornus Florida and synonyms Benthamia Florida , Benthamidia florida ,Cornus candidissima, Cynoxylon floridum Virgina’s state flower Flowering Dogwood is a small, deciduous tree, which comes from Cornaceae (dogwood) family. Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), belongs the genus of Cornus and sub-genus is Cynoxylon with the species of C. florida, which is native to the North Eastern America and northern Mexico. The flowering dogwood is widespread populace extent from southernmost coastal Maine south to northern Florida and west to the Mississippi River.
On March 6, 1918 the Commonwealth of Virginia was adopted the American dogwood (Cornus florida) as the official floral emblem of the Commonwealth vide Senate Joint Resolution No.3, in part as under:
A RESOLUTION to designate a floral emblem for the State of Virginia.
”WHEREAS, the adoption of the State floral emblem by the authority of the general assembly would foster a feeling of pride in our State and stimulate an interest in the history and traditions of the Commonwealth, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, by the senate, the house of delegated concurring, that the flower commonly known as the American Dogwood (Cornus Florida), is hereby declared to be the floral emblem of the State of Virginia.”
State Flower of Virginia Facts:
- Common Name: American Dogwood
- Genus: Cornus
- Species: C. florida
- Found in: native to the North Eastern America and northern Mexico. The flowering dogwood is widespread populace extent from southernmost coastal Maine south to northern Florida and west to the Mississippi River.
- Color: White, Pinkish white
- Number of petals: 4
- Period of blooming: April-May
- Purpose: Ornamental, Food and herbal value
- Symbolism: Devotion, safety, fertility, loyalty, passion, desire, determination, Illusion.
The Virginia’s state flower American dogwood is a plant of small, deciduous flowering tree that growing up to feet tall with graceful branches, which blooms in late spring to early summer with lot of showy flowers. The American dogwood flowers are habitually greenish-white in color but occasionally it may pink or yellow. The dogwood develops red berries in autumn, and the leaves also turn a deep red before falling for winter.
The leaves of American Dogwood are oppositely arranged and oval shaped and eye catching green color but pale green at the underside of the leaf to look, which are grow up to 5 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide, with short stalks.
The people of Virginia give very much importance to the greeting exchange. So they never miss the opportunity to greet their relatives, friends, colleagues and neighbor on the eve, occasion and festival, like as birth day, marriage day, other anniversary, New years day and Christmas day etc. with a bunch of Multi Colored Roses, Potted Roses In Tin Container, Pastel Long Stem Roses, Bunch of Wow Roses, Sunflowers, Mini Carnations, Gerbera Daisies, Snapdragons, Miniature Rose, Cyclamen and Mums flowers. The major portion of the flowers bought in Virginia come from South America, Colombia and Ecuador. Besides this, some of eminent flowers are growing in Canada. They are Geraniums, Poinsettias and Chrysanthemums, Lilium canadense, woodland lily.
“One of the fastest actions in the plant world is the explosive opening of flowers on the bunchberry dogwood, which happens in just under 0.5 milliseconds. As the flora come apart open, the petals rapidly divide and flip back, depiction the stamens. During the first 0.3 milliseconds, researchers have calculated the stamens are exposed to a force 800 times greater than astronauts experience during blast-off. The mechanism, it is understood, allows pollen to be thrown upwards in order for it to be transported by the wind”.
The Virginia’s state flower American dogwood was well thought-out to have medicinal or health beneficial properties, such as anti-inflammatory, fever-reducing and pain-killing properties. It has also been used to treat inflammations of the stomach and large intestine. The indigenous peoples used tea make from all parts of the American dogwood plant as traditional treatments of lung and kidney problems, fevers, aches and pains, coughs, and fits.
To sum up, The State flower of Virginia, Flowering Dogwood or American dogwood, which are symbolizes the Devotion, safety, fertility, loyalty, passion, desire, determination, Illusionand state spirit, pride and identity of Virginia.