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List of North Carolina state symbols

The following is a list of official state symbols of the U.S. State of North Carolina, listed in the order adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly


Type Symbol Year Image
Flag "That the flag of North Carolina shall consist of a blue union, containing in the center thereof a white star with the letter N in gilt on the left and the letter C in gilt on the right of said star, the circle containing the same to be one-third the width of the union. The fly of the flag shall consist of two equally proportioned bars; the upper bar to be red, the lower bar to be white; that the length of the bars horizontally shall be equal to the perpendicular length of the union, and the total length of the flag shall be one-third more than its width. That above the star in the center of the union there shall be a gilt scroll in semi-circular form, containing in black letters this inscription 'May 20th, 1775,' and that below the star there shall be a similar scroll containing in black letters the inscription: 'April 12th, 1776.'" 1885
Motto Esse quam videri ("To be, rather than to seem") 1893
Nicknames *Old North State

Seal The Seal of North Carolina 1871 (Revised in 1983)


Type Symbol Year Image
Flower American Dogwood (Cornus florida) 1941
State wildflower Carolina Lily 2003
State tree Pine (Pinus) 1963
State Christmas tree Fraser Fir 2005
State carnivorous plant Venus Flytrap 2005


Type Symbol Year Image
State bird Northern Cardinal 1943
State mammal Eastern Grey Squirrel 1969
State salt water fish Channel Bass 1971

State freshwater fish Southern Appalachian brook trout (freshwater trout) 2005
State reptile Eastern Box Turtle 1979
State insect honey bee (Apis mellifera) 1973
State Dog Plott Hound 1989


Type Symbol Year Image
State gemstone Emerald 1973
State rock Granite 1979


Type Symbol Year Image
State song "The Old North State" 1927

State colors The red and blue of the North Carolina and the United States 1945

State toast The Tar Heel Toast 1957

State beverage Milk 1987
State vegetable Sweet potato 1995
State red berry Strawberry 2001
State fruit Scuppernong grape 2001
'''State folk dance Clogging 2005

State popular dance Shag 2005

State historical boat Shad Boat 1987

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