New York State Flower - Rose

Low or pasture rose, from Wildflowers of New York.
The low or pasture rose.
Illustration from Wild Flowers of New York
(Museum Memoir 15), 1918.

The rose, wild or cultivated, in all its variety and colors, was made the State flower in 1955.

The rose is a perennial flower that grows on a shrub or vine of the genus Rosa. Roses often have beautiful and fragrant flowers, but the stems have thorns, or prickles. Wild roses like the pasture rose (right) usually have just five petals, while cultivated roses tend to have multiple sets of petals. Roses can be found in many gardens, as well as growing wild, throughout New York.

Ever popular, the rose was at the top of a school children's poll of favorite flowers in 1891.

The rose is also the national floral emblem of the United States.

NY State Law

New York Consolidated Laws, State Law, Article 6, Section 75, adopted on April 20, 1955, states that:

ยง 75. State flower. The rose shall be the official flower of the state in any color or combination of colors common to it.


Last Updated: December 9, 2015