South Carolina State Symbols

South Carolina State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

South Carolina Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

South Carolina is recognized for its beautiful beaches, numerous waterfalls, lakes, and swamps, South Carolina has the charm of a rural, coastal environment. Students in South Carolina can experience southern cuisine (e.g., shrimp and grits, or she-crab soup), a variety of outdoor activities, and many historic attractions.

Settled by the English in 1670, South Carolina was based on a plantation culture with an noble, wealthy society that was dependent on black slave labor. South Carolina weas one of the original 13 colonies, South Carolina was first formed in 1729 when the Carolina colony was divided in two to form North and South Carolina. The attack on Fort Sumter in the Charleston harbor launched the Civil War. After the war, the structure of the state changed. Today South Carolina honors its history and culture while also working to become a global business center. The state bird of the "Palmetto State" is the Carolina wren (Troglodytidae ). The flower is the Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), and the capital is Columbia.

South Carolina State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of South Carolina state facts such as South Carolina state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state bird, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over South Carolina, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

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South Carolina State Symbols, Emblems, & Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

American Folk Dance The Square Dance
Amphibian Spotted Salamander
(Ambystoma maculatum)
Animal Whitetail Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Beverage Milk
(lac vaccum)
Bird Carolina Wren
(Troglodytidae )
Botanical Garden Clemson Botanical Garden
Butterfly Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(Pterourus Glaucu
Color Indigo Blue
SECTION 1-1-710. Official State color.
The color indigo blue worn on the uniform of Colonel William Moultrie's soldiers and adopted as the background of the South Carolina State flag, is designated as the official color of the State of South Carolina.
HISTORY: 2008 Act No. 200, Section 1, eff April 16, 2008.
Dance Carolina Shag
Duck Wood Duck 
(Aix sponsa)
Dog Boykin Spaniel
Fish Striped Bass
Flag State Flag
Flower Carolina Jessamine
(Gelsemium sempervirens)
Folk Art and Crafts Center South Carolina Artisans Center, Walterboro
Fruit Peach
Gemstone Amethyst
Grass Indian Grass
(Sorghastrum nutans)
Hall of Fame South Carolina Hall of Fame, Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Heritage horse Marsh tacky
(Equus caballus)
Heritage work animal Mule
(Equus asinus x Equus caballus)
Hospitality Beverage
(Camellia sinensis)
Insect Carolina Mantid or Praying Mantis
(Stagmomantis Carolina)
Language English
Lowcountry handcraft Sweet grass basket
SECTION 1-1-676. Official State lowcountry handcraft.
The sweet grass basket is the official state lowcountry handcraft.
HISTORY: 2006 Act No. 234, Section 1, eff February 21, 2006.
Marine mammal Bottlenose dolphin
(Tursiops truncatus)
Migratory marine mammal Northern right whale
(Eubalaena glacialis)
Miliatry Academy Camden Military Academy


Music "The Spiritual"
Nicknames Palmetto State
Opera Porgy and Bess
Pledge to State Flag Pledge
Pecan festival South Carolina Pecan Festival in Florence County
SECTION 1-1-674.State Pecan Festival.
The South Carolina Pecan Festival in Florence County is designated as the official State Pecan Festival.
HISTORY: 2011 Act No. 9, Section 1, eff April 12, 2011.
Poet Laureate Bennie Lee Sinclair
Popular Music Beach Music
Quarter South Carolina State Quarter
Railroad Museum South Carolina Railroad Museum, Fairfield County
Reptile Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta Caretta)
Rural Drama Center Abbeville Opera House
Seal Great Seal
Shell Lettered Olive
(Oliva Sayana)
Snack Food

Boiled peanuts

Song "Carolina"
Song "South Carolina on My Mind"
Spider Carolina Wolf Spider
(Hogna carolinensis)
Stone Blue Granite
Tapestry "From the Mountains to the Sea"
Tartan Carolina Tartan
Tobacco Museum South Carolina Tobacco Museum, Mullins
Tree Inodes Palmetto
Vegetable Collard greens (Brassica oleracea)
Collard greens were designated as the official State Vegetable by Act Number 38 of 2011, as a result of efforts by Mary Grace Wingard, a third grader from Lexington, South Carolina. South Carolina ranks second in the nation in collard green production and Lexington County ranks first among counties in South Carolina in collard green production.
Waltz Richardson Waltz
Wildflower Goldenrod
(Solidago spp.)
Wild Game Bird Wild Turkey
(Meleagris Gallopavo)