The New York state flower is the rose, regardless of its species or color. It was officially adopted on April 20, 1955. Traditionally, the rose is a symbol of love, beauty and compassion.
Schoolchildren in New York state first voted for their favorite flower on Arbor Day in 1890. Goldenrod narrowly won the most votes, with rose the second most popular choice. Children voted again the following Arbor Day in 1891 for their favorite flower, and this time, the rose was a clear winner.
Some other states have also chosen roses as their state flowers. The wild prairie rose is the state flower for Iowa, and Georgia uses the Cherokee rose. The rose is also the national flower of the United States.