Bill introduced to make Wild Rose state flower in 1897
DES MOINES (KWWL) -
A Resolution was introduced to the 26th session of the Iowa General Assembly May 5, 1897 to declare wild rose the state flower by a Senator Mitchell. The concurrent resolution noted that the wild rose was inscribed on the silver setting presented to the USS Iowa that year. An initial vote in the Senate failed to approve the resolution.
The Senate sought the advice of the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs meeting in Dubuque, Iowa. They had voted to select the wild rose as the official floral emblem of Iowa. The Extra Session of the Twenty-sixth General Assembly of the State of Iowa adopted the wild rose as the official state flower of Iowa on May 7, 1897.
WHEREAS, the Executive Council has authorized the wild rose of Iowa as one of the decorations on the silver service presented to the battle ship "Iowa;" therefore be it resolved, by the Senate the House concurring, That the wild rose shall be officially designated as the flower of the State.