Ohio State Flower - Scarlet Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Ohio State Flower

Scarlet Carnation

(Dianthus caryophyllus)

The Scarlet Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus), designated as the official state flower of Ohio in 1904, holds a cherished place in the state's history and culture. Revered for its vibrant crimson hue and sweet fragrance, the Scarlet Carnation gained prominence through its association with President William McKinley, an Ohio native, who often wore the flower as a boutonniere. This enduring connection between McKinley and the Carnation led to its adoption as Ohio's state flower, symbolizing love and remembrance. Beyond its historical significance, the Scarlet Carnation continues to thrive in gardens across the state, embodying Ohio's enduring spirit and pride.

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