What is the State Flower of West Virginia?

Rhododendron is the state flower of West Virginia. Rhododendron maximum is the scientific name of Rhododendron, which are comes from the family of Ericaceae and sub-family of Ericoideae. Rhododendron is the genus of which sub genus is R. subg. Hymenanthes and its species is R.

campanulatum. The state flower of West Virginia Rhododendron is commonly known as great laurel, great rhododendron, rosebay rhododendron, American rhododendron and big rhododendron. It also called alpenrose, snow-rose, or rusty-leaved alpenrose. When a state body selects a symbol for the state it should represent extra ordinary design, quality, expression cultural, traditional and religious back ground, which go back thousands of years for its popularities. According to the record, in 1901, the then outgoing Governor George Atkinson admiring the eye-catching flowering plant said,“ I know none more beautiful than Rhododendron”.

The government of the West Virginia has been selected the Rhododendron as state flower of West Virginia due to its immeasurable availability, beautiful design and eco friendly nature and designated on January 29, 1903. Rhododendron or Lali Guransh is also the State flower of Indian state of Himachal and Madhya Pradesh and state flower of Wasington. It is also the national flower of Nepal. Rhododendron the State flower of West Virginia is the proud of beauty. West Virginia is proud of the beauty of Red Rhododendron.

State Flower West Virginia Facts [Rhododendron]


Rhododendron is the favorite state flower symbol of the West Virginia’s people. It comes from healthy family of flowering plant. The Rhododendron has 1000 species or more. At least 2800 new variety of Rhododendron found in all over the world.  In spite of West Virginia, it is native to Asia, North America, Australia and Europe. In forests, tropical rainforests, coniferous and temperate, and mountain it can found. At least 30 species of the Rhododendron or great laurel are found in the West Virginia’s hill area, which are very much attractive and fabulous. Rhododendron is cultivated in bush form. According to the variety it can grow up to 98feet height and minimum 3.9 inch.

As per variety the leaves of rhododendron are deviation in its size and shape. Some of them are evergreen and some of them deciduous leaves. The evergreen type leaves generally large and paddle shape but the deciduous leaves are elliptical and small in size. Rhododendron, the State flower of Indian state West Virginia has specialty in her flowering. The peak blooming period of Rhododendrons is mid-July. At the flourishing time Rhododendron decorated whole of the garden with its natural beauty. Nobody can leave the garden without seeing its beauty with marvelous color combination of green and red. The green forest the like a decorated bridge.  All the parts of Rhododendrons are dangerous, especially leaves, showing symptoms of Stomach irritation, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and rhythm, convulsions, coma, death. Honey made from the nectar of Rhododendron flowers is also toxic and should not be consumed.


To sum up, Rhododendron or great laurel flower is the most lovable flower in West Virginia. It is the Queen of flower in West Virginia. All the people in West Virginia respect it as symbol of beauty as well as their State Symbol. Rhododendron or great laurel, the State Flowers of Indian state West Virginia, which are beautifies the forest of West Virginia and also beautifies West Virginia as well.

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