One of many types of magnolia
A magnolia is a type of white or pink flower with large and plentiful petals. It is unique because it is pollinated by beetles. (The reason for this being either that it was designed that way or that it evolved before bees.) It is used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Mississippi is known as the "Magnolia State" and the magnolia is its state flower (and state tree).  It is also the state flower of Louisiana. 
- ↑ http://www.mississippi.gov/symbols.jsp
- ↑ http://www.louisiana.gov/Explore/About_Louisiana/