Monarch n cone flowerWhen you can’t garden outdoors, needlework involving flowers is a nice substitute.  I enjoy a variety of kinds including crewel, counted cross-stitch, and needle or pettipoint.  With my first grandchild about to be born I was looking about for a project and came up with the idea of an embroidered birth announcement using the state flowers of the states where her extended family has roots.  I am doing this in counted cross-stitch, but any kind of embroidery could be used. And of course, the state flower idea could be used for a variety of projects including a baby quilt, face of a clock, or sampler. You could include state birds. butterflies and trees too.  I used an excellent book that I found in the public libraries of both North Carolina, and Los Angeles for all the state flower patterns; Better Homes and Gardens, “ 20001 Cross Stitch Designs”.  There are numerous cross-stitch sites online that can help with birds, trees, and insects including butterflies.

Here’s a chart with the state trees, flowers, birds, insects and/or butterflies.  Notice in the chart below that some states have state butterflies, some have state insects that are butterflies, and some have both or neither and some are not officially recognized.  Regardless, some of the insects would be charming in embroidery!

State State tree State flower State bird State butterfly (or insect)*
Alabama Southern Pine
Picea sitchensis
Camellia sp.
Yellowhammer Monarch Butterfly
Alaska Sitka Spruce
Pinus palustris
Myosotis scorpioides
Willow Ptarmigan Four Spot Skimmer Dragonfly
Arizona Paloverde
Cercidium floridum
Saguaro cactus
Carnegiea gigantea
Cactus Wren Two-tailed Swallowtail
Arkansas Pine
Pinus echinata
Apple blossom Mockingbird Diana fritillary butterfly; Honeybee
California California Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
Golden poppy
Eschscholzia californica
California Valley Quail California Dogface Butterfly
Colorado Blue Spruce
Picea pungens
Rocky Mountain Columbine
Aquilegia caerulea
Lark Bunting Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly
Connecticut White Oak
Quercus alba
Mountain laurel
Kalmia latifolia
Robin European or “Praying” Mantis
Delaware American Holly
Ilex opaca
Peach blossom Blue Hen Chicken Tiger Swallowtail; Ladybug
Florida Cabbage Palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Orange blossom Mockingbird Zebra Longwing
Georgia Live Oak
Quercus virginiana
Cherokee rose
Rosa laevigata
Brown Thrasher Tiger Swallowtail; Honeybee
Hawaii Kukui
Aleurites moluccana
Hibiscus brackenridgei
Nene Kamehameha butterfly
Idaho Western White Pine
Pinus monticola
Philadelphus lewisii
Mountain Bluebird Monarch Butterfly
Illinois White Oak
Quercus alba
Native violet
Viola sororia.
Cardinal Monarch Butterfly
Indiana Yellow Poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera
Paeonia sp.
Iowa Oak
Wild rose
Rosa blanda
Eastern Goldfinch
Kansas Cottonwood
Populus deltoides
Native sunflower
Helianthus annuus
Western Meadowlark Honeybee
Kentucky Yellow Poplar
Gymnocladus dioica
Solidago sp.
Cardinal Viceroy Butterfly
Louisiana Baldcypress
Taxodium distichum
Magnolia grandiflora
Eastern Brown Pelican Honeybee
Maine Eastern White Pine
Pinus strobus
Pine cone & tassle
Pinus strobus
Chickadee Honeybee
Maryland White Oak
Quercus alba
Black eyed susan
Rudbeckia hirta
Baltimore Oriole Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly
Massachusettes American Elm
Ulmus americana
Epigaea repens
Chickadee Ladybug
Michigan Eastern White Pine
Pinus strobus
Apple blossom
Pyrus coronaria
Minnesota Red Pine
Pinus resinosa
Lady slipper
Cypripedium reginae
Common Loon Monarch Butterfly
Mississippi Southern Magnolia
Magnoila grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora
Mockingbird Spicebush Swallowtail; Honeybee
Missouri Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida
Crataegus sp.
Bluebird Honeybee
Montana Ponderosa Pine
Pinus ponderosa
Lewisia rediviva
Western Meadowlark Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Nebraska Cottonwood
Populus deltoides
Soldiago gigantea
Western Meadowlark Honeybee
Nevada Bristlecone Pine
Pinus aristata
Artemisia arbuscula
Mountain Bluebird Vivid Dancer Damselfly
New Hampshire Paper Birch
Betula papyrifera
Purple lilac
Syringa vulgaris
Purple Finch Karner Blue Butterfly; Ladybug
New Jersey Northern Red Oak
Quercus rubra
Purple violet
Viola sororia
Eastern Goldfinch Honeybee
New Mexico Pinyon Pinus edulis Yucca
Yucca sp.
Roadrunner Tarantula Hawk Wasp
New York Sugar Maple
Acer saccharum
Rosa sp.
Bluebird Lady bug
North Carolina Pine
Pinus palustris
Cornus florida
Cardinal Honeybee
North Dakota American Elm
Ulmus americana
Wild prairie rose
Rosa carolina
Western Meadowlark
Ohio Ohio Buckeye Aesculus glabra Scarlet carnation
Dianthus caryophyllus
Cardinal Lady bug
Oklahoma Eastern Redbud
Cercis canadensis
Loranthaceae sp.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Black Swallowtail; Honeybee
Oregon Douglas fir
Pseudotsuga meziesii
Oregon grape
Mahonia aquifolium
Western Meadowlark Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly
Pennsylvania Eastern Hemlock
Tsuga canadensis
Mountain laurel
Kalmia latifolia
Ruffed Grouse Firefly
Rhode Island Red Maple
Acer rubrum
Viola sp.
Rhode Island Red
South Carolina Cabbage Palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Yellow jessamine
Gelsemium sempervirens
Great Carolina Wren Tiger Swallowtail
South Dakota White Spruce
Picea flauca
Pasque flower
Anemone pulsatilla
Ring-necked Pheasant Honeybee
Tennessee Yellow Poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera
Purple iris
Iridaceae sp.
Mockingbird Zebra Swallowtail; Firefly; Lady bug
Texas Pecan
Carya illinoensis
Lupinus subcarnosus
Mockingbird Monarch Butterfly
Utah Blue Spruce
Picea pungens
Sego lily
Calochortus gunnisonii
American Seagull Honeybee
Vermont Sugar Maple
Acer saccarum
Red clover
Trifolium pratense
Hermit Thrush Monarch Butterfly
Virginia Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida
Cornus florida
Cardinal Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Washington Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla Western rhododendron
Rhododendron macrophyllum
Willow Goldfinch Green Darner Dragonfly
West Virginia Sugar Maple
Acer saccarum
Rhododendron sp.
Cardinal Monarch Butterfly
Wisconsin Sugar Maple
Acer saccarum
Wood violet
Viola sororia
Robin Honeybee
Wyoming Cottonwood
Populus sargentii
Indian paint brush
Castilleja affinis
Western Meadowlark Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak Butterfly

*Some are not OFFICIAL STATE insects.

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By Karen