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The Official Provincial Flowers of Canada
Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Mon Jul 13 2009
Each Canadian province has its own unique identity, culture, and even its own flower.
These provincial flowers are important national symbols that are worth a closer look.
From British Columbia's Pacific Dogwood to Quebec's Blue Flag, each flower has its own place in Canadian culture.
The first provincial flower was adopted by Nova Scotia in 1901. It is the Mayflower, which grows along much of North America's eastern coast. The flower takes its name from early settlers who saw it as the first flower of spring. It features trumpeted flowers, shiny green leaves, and short stems.
Five years after Nova Scotia chose its flower, Manitoba had school children select its bloom, the Prairie Crocus. The Prairie Crocus is known for its ability to bloom earlier than most other flowers, even while there is still snow on the ground.
Alberta's provincial flower was selected in 1930 by schoolchildren who loved to pick the Wild Rose.
Six years after Alberta, Ontario selected the White Trillium as its flower of choice. This white, forestal flower is known for its trio of white petals, which give the Trillium its name.
The same year, New Brunswick chose the Purple Violet as its provincial flower.
Saskatchewan chose the Western Red Lily as its provincial flower in 1941. Found in meadows and some forests, this lily is tall and comes in a vibrant shade of red.
Meanwhile, Prince Edward Island chose its flower in 1947, the Lady's Slipper. This unique looking flower has reddish flowers that hang down in the shape of a slipper.
1954 saw the selection of Newfoundland and Labrador's flower the Pitcher Plant. Just like a pitcher, this plant's flower fills to hold water. This traps insects, which the plant feeds upon.
In 1956, British Columbia's provincial flower became the Pacific Dogwood. This flower is known for its big white flowers, which bloom in April and May.
The Yukon territory chose the Fireweed as its flower in 1957. Fireweed has small, deep pink flowers and is a rather tall flowering plant. It grows along roads and rivers in the province, and gets its name from its ability to regrow quickly after a fire.
Quebec recently changed its official flower from the Madonna Lily to the Blue Flag. The reason for the switch, which occurred in 1999, was that the Madonna Lily does not grow naturally in the Quebec province.
The last province to adopt a flower was the Nunavut Territory, which selected the Purple Saxifraga. The Saxifraga grows over rocks and is found throughout the territory.
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