What is the state flower of Illinois?
The state flower of Illinois is the purple violet. In 1907, Illinois school children voted to select the state flower. They selected the Violet. The General Assembly approved a bill to make this selections official in 1908.
Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin all have the violet as their state flower. However, two of them (Illinois and Wisconsin) actually have a variation of the violet. Illinois's variation is called the Purple Violet, while Wisconsin's is called the Wood Violet. So, in a sense, only two states actually have the same violet as their state flower.
The white-tailed deer is official state animal of Illinois. The northern cardinal is official state bird of Illinois. The monarch butterfly is official state butterfly of Illinois. "State sovereignty, national union" is the official state motto of Illinois. Land of Lincoln is official state nickname of Illinois. Pumpkin pie is the official state pie of Illinois. "Illinois" is the title of the official state song of Illinois. The white oak is official state tree of…
Illinois does not have a "state crop" in the same way they have a state bird (the Northern Cardinal) or a state flower (the Purple Violet). However, their biggest crop by far is corn, usually ranking second in the nation for total production. The state's farmers also usually rank either first or second in the nation in soybean production, though the total volume is considerably less than that of corn.