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Georgia's State Flower

Updated: Aug 5, 2023


Debbie Henry, lake house realtor.

Did you know the state flower of Georgia is the Cherokee Rose? When visiting Hartwell, Georgia, you can spot this beautiful flower around town.


This flower has a long and interesting history, and is beloved by both residents of Georgia, as well as, visitors to the state.


The Cherokee Rose was chosen as the state flower of Georgia in 1916, though it has been a symbol of the state for much longer than that. Legend has it that the Cherokee Rose grew along the Trail of Tears, a devastating forced relocation of the Cherokee people from their homeland in Georgia to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. According to the legend, when the tears of the Cherokee people fell to the ground, the Cherokee Rose grew in their place.


Today, the Cherokee Rose is a popular symbol of Georgia, and can be seen on everything from the state flag to the logo of the Atlanta Braves. The flower itself is a beautiful white with a yellow center, and it blooms in the late spring and early summer. It is relatively easy to grow, and can thrive in a variety of soil types and climates.


Overall, the Cherokee Rose is a beautiful and meaningful symbol of Georgia, and a testament to the resilience and strength of the Cherokee people. Whether you're a native Georgian or just visiting the state, taking a moment to appreciate this lovely flower. It is well worth your time.


If you'd like to come look around Lake Hartwell, or would like to learn about moving to the lake or buying a lake house, please give me a call at 706-540-3240. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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