Mistletoe a controversial choice for Oklahoma state flower

Alfalfa, forget-me-nots, roses were all discussed before mistletoe became Oklahoma’s floral emblem.

BY MARY PHILLIPS Modified: June 10, 2012 at 12:00 am •  Published: June 11, 2012
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For 114 years, Oklahoma’s state flower was the mistletoe.

But it was always a controversial choice.

In February 1893, while the 2nd Territorial Legislature met in Guthrie, Rep. John A. Wimberly introduced the bill to designate mistletoe as the official floral emblem.

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