Goldenrod was named Alabama’s first state flower in 1927.
But in 1959, buckling under pressure by the high powered Camellia Society Ladies, the state legislature changed it’s mind and named the Camellia as the new state flower.
Arguing for years over the choice of flower, the change wasn’t made official until 1999.
Well, most of that is true. I don’t think they really argued over it.
Someone probably forgot to file some papers or something.
But I’ve heard of stranger things happening with state politicians.
And now, the Camellia Society Ladies won’t speak to the Goldenrod Society Ladies.
They pretend not to see each other at the Catfish Shack.
So terribly tragic.
Nebraska and Kentucky held firm and to this day honor Goldenrod as their state flower. South Carolina has recently named Goldenrod as their official “wildflower” (I think that’s cheating) and Delaware just tricked us all by naming goldenrod as their “state herb.”
Seriously? It can be used as an herb?
If you want some Goldenrod, come see us in Baldwin County. We have plenty to spare.