Georgia State Flower - Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata)
Georgia State Flower

Cherokee Rose

(Rosa laevigata)

The Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata), Georgia's official state flower, is a strikingly beautiful and fragrant wild rose species known for its delicate white blossoms with a golden center. This resilient and hardy flower holds deep historical significance as it was chosen to represent Georgia in remembrance of the tragic Trail of Tears, during which the Cherokee Nation was forcibly relocated from their ancestral lands in Georgia to Oklahoma in the 1830s. The Cherokee Rose serves as a poignant symbol of the enduring spirit and resilience of both the Cherokee people and the state of Georgia, with its elegant blooms serving as a living tribute to the past and a symbol of hope for the future.

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