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One of many types of magnolia

A magnolia is a type of an evergreen plant with a very fragrant flower. There are about 80 different species of magnolia that are native to the eastern United States and southeastern Asia.[1] The magnolia is pollinated by beetles.[2]

Mississippi is known as the "Magnolia State" and the magnolia (magnolia grandiflora) is Mississippi's state flower (and also state tree).[3] The magnolia was officially designated as the State Flower by the 1952 Legislature.[4] Mississippi's State Quarter was issued in 2002 and features a drawing of the magnolia on the obverse.[5]

The magnolia is also the state flower of Louisiana. It was designated the Louisiana state flower in 1900.[6]

See also


  1. - The United States National Arboretum
  2. - U.S. Forest Service
  3. - United States National Arboretum
  4. - State of Mississippi website - State symbols
  5. - United States Mint
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