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North Dakota State Flower

The rose is commonly used as a floral emblem. The United States has chosen to use the rose as the national flower. England has chosen the same. There are four states in the United States which have chosen the rose as their state flower including New York and Georgia, and there are two states in the United States which have chosen the wild prairie rose, a variety of rose, as their state flower. They have distinguished themselves some, but they have still chosen to use the rose to represent themselves albeit a more specific variety of rose than the other states. The North Dakota state flower is the wild prairie rose (as is the Iowa state flower). Despite the name wild prairie rose, the North Dakota state flower is often used as an ornamental plant. I don’t know if you can still call the flower wild if it is commonly used as an ornamental plant. I suppose, though, that there are such things as wildflower gardens. If you can call a planned garden a wildflower garden, then I suppose you can call a purposefully planted flower a wild prairie rose.

The North Dakota state flower, the wild prairie rose, is distinctive from the general flower rose, because it is native to large areas of central North America. I do not know if other states which have chosen the rose as their state flower are interested in the difference between the general term rose and the specifics of choosing the wild prairie rose, but the wild prairie rose specifically indicates a rose that grows naturally in the United States. This may indicate that North Dakota is more committed to the idea of being true to those things that are naturally American.

Still committed to the idea of beauty and romance, the North Dakota state flower is a type of rose. Roses commonly symbolize beauty and romance. At least since the ancient Greeks, the rose has been a symbol of love as roses were commonly associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Roses have often been associated with goddesses or religious figures including the Virgin Mary and the Lady of Guadalupe. Besides just being known for the beauty and romance of the rose, North Dakota has committed to the idea of taking a state flower that is from its natural country. I think this displays the desire of North Dakota to commit to finding the romance and beauty that exists naturally within its own state and nation. There are those who have a talent for seeing the natural beauty in any place, and there are those who have a talent for increasing that beauty. I feel that the North Dakota state flower is a good representation of both of these. At once the wild prairie rose is a symbol of the natural beauty of the place and is used as an ornamental plant. This is a flower that naturally beautifies an area and at the same time is specifically chosen to enhance the beauty of a cultivated area.


 
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