Georgia State Flower

Georgia State Flower
Cherokee Rose

Rosa laevigata

In 1916, with the support of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Cherokee rose was named the Georgia state floral emblem. The name “Cherokee Rose” is a local designation derived from the Cherokee Indians who widely distributed the plant.The rose is excessively thorny and generously supplied with leaves of a vivid green. In color, it is waxy white with a large golden center. Blooming time is in the early spring, but favorable conditions will produce, in the fall of the year, a second flowering of this hardy plant.