Valentine’s Day & The National Flower Of The United States

They’ve grown as wildflowers in North America for over 35 million years.

President George Washington bred them and named a variety after his mother.

At the White House, there’s a famous garden full of them where presidents welcome heads of state.

Ronald Reagan once noted, “We lavish them on our alters, our civil shrines, and the final resting places of our honored dead.”

In 1986, Congress and President Reagan proclaimed the rose the national flower of the United States.

They are of course, roses — America’s favorite flower. Millions of them will be given to loved ones on this Valentine’s Day.

With more on the subject of wildflowers, here’s Skylark with their 1973 hit:


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