1. What is the State Flower?
2. What is the State Tree?
3. What is the State Fish?
4. What is the State Muffin?
5. What is the State Gemstone?
6. What is the State Bird?
7. What is the State Grain?
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Minnesota Symbols State Tree State Fish
The Norway pine, also called the red The walleye, a
pine because of its reddish brown favorite fishing
State Bird bark, stands 60 to 100 feet tall, with catch, inhabits
The common loon is one of a trunk three to five feet in waters in all
the earth's oldest living bird circumference. Its needles are four parts of the
species. Its name comes to six inches long and grow in pairs. state, but mainly
from a Norwegian word that They are popular for Christmas trees the large, cool
means "wild, sad cry." when small and for lumber when tall. lakes in northern Minnesota. Minnesota's record walleye
weighed 17 pounds 8 ounces.
State Flower State Flag
The pink and white lady The Minnesota state flag
slipper is one of Minnesota's is royal blue, with a gold
rarest wildflowers. Thriving in fringe. In the center of
swamps, bogs, and damp woods, the flag is the state seal.
they grow slowly, taking 4 to 16 Around the state seal is a
years to produce their first
State Grain wreath of the state
flower. Wild rice grows naturally in the flower, the lady slipper.
shallow waters of lakes in Three dates are woven
central and northern into the wreath: 1858, the
Minnesota. For many years, all year Minnesota became a state; 1819, the year Fort
the wild rice produced in the Snelling was established; and 1893, the year the official
State Seal world came from Minnesota. It flag was adopted. Nineteen stars ring the wreath.
The official seal shows a is harvested from lakes in the
barefoot farmer plowing a field. traditional Native American
The farmer's axe, gun, and way, from canoes.
powderhorn rest on a nearby State Photograph
stump, as he looks at an Native The photograph "Grace,"
American riding a horse. depicting an elderly man
Minnesota's state motto "L'Etoile bowing his head and giving
du Nord," French for "star of the
State Drink thanks, was taken in Bovey,
north," also appears on the seal. & Muffin Minnesota, in 1918, by Eric
The state drink is milk and Enstrom. A copy of the
State Gemstone muffin is blueberry. photograph is on display in
Minnesota ranks fifth in the secretary of state's
Lake Superior Agate,
dairy production among the office in Saint Paul.
unusually beautiful quartz
stones banded with rich red states.
and orange colors derived State Fruit
from iron ore in the soil, are The Honeycrisp™ apple
found in northeastern and was adopted as the state
north central Minnesota. They fruit in 2006. The apple
are often polished to make State Butterfly was produced from a 1960
jewelry. The Monarch butterfly, cross of Macoun and
also known as the Honeygold apples, as part
milkweed butterfly, is one of the University of
State Mushroom of the few that migrate Minnesota apple breeding
Morels are tasty brown, north and south like birds program to develop a winter-hardy tree with high quality
spongy-topped mushrooms that pop do for winter. fruit. Honeycrisp apples are about three inches in
up in fields and forests in spring diameter. They have an exceptionally crisp and juicy
time and are considered a rare texture.
delicacy by mushroom hunters.