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Vermont State Flower
Adopted on February 1, 1895.
No. 159 of the Acts of 1894, effective February 1, 1895, designated the Red Clover, (Trifolium pratense,) as Vermont official State Flower.
The red clover represents Vermont’s farms and fields. Farmers grow clover as food for cows and other animals. Honeybees gather nectar from the flowers. Some people use red clover to make tea.
Both an integral part of many a cultivated hay field and a common sight along numerous Vermont roadsides, the Red Clover is symbolic of Vermont's scenic countryside generally and of its dairy farms in particular. Oddly enough, however, Trifolium pratense is not a native of Vermont but was "naturalized" from Europe.
Vermont State Flower: Red Clover
Red clover flower plant is a wild growing perennial in meadows throughout Europe and Asia. Red clover is also known as Pavine Clover or Cowgrass.
Red clover flower is small and 15-60 cm. in height. The Red clover flower is a dome-shaped flower cluster. The Red clover flowers are arranged at the terminal shoot. The flower heads are nested in 2-3 leaves. Each red clover flower head is between 1/2 -1 inch wide. Red clover flower has pink to red flower head, made up of many 100-125 or more small typical legume flowers.
Characteristics of the Red Clover
From the Vermont Secretary of State:
The Vermont Statutes
Title 1: General Provisions.
State Floral Emblems
Find images and a brief history of the flowers representing, usually by legislative action, the state symbols of each of the fifty states.
The term floral emblem, which refers to flowers specifically, is primarily used in Australia and Canada. In the United States, the term state flower is more often used.