Its year round foliage of pinnated waxy green leaves resembles holly and resists wilting the foliage is sometimes used by florists for greenery. The oregon grape was recognized and legislated as the official flower of the oregon state in 1899.
The flower was adopted by the senate in concurrent resolution number 4 of the legislative assembly in a session held on january 30 31 st 1899.
Oregon state flower. The state has a number of designated national symbols including a state flower the oregon grape. The motto and seal served as oregon s only symbols until over 50 years later when the oregon grape became the state flower in 1899. Oregon designated the oregon grape blossom as the official state flower in 1899.
Originally designed in 1857 usage of the oregon state seal began after oregon became the 33rd state of the united states on february 14 1859. Official state flower of oregon. Oregon state university researchers have identified a spectacular new genus and species of flower from the mid cretaceous period a male specimen whose sunburst like reach for the heavens was frozen in time by burmese amber.
Oregon had six official symbols by 1950 and 22 symbols by 2000. Also called holly leaved barberry the oregon grape mahonia aquifolium is a shrub native to much of the pacific coast and and is also found sparsely east of the cascades.