Iowa State Flower: Wild prairie rose
Scientific Name: Rosa arkansana
State Flower Description: The Wild Prairie Rose flower is about 2 inches wide and very fragrant. The wild prairie rose has five petals and vary from pink to white. The petals of the Wild Prairie Rose are edible and can be used in salads, to make tea, or can be candied.
Where It's Found: Wild Prairie Roses are found across Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, north to Colorado, as well as Kansas and Minnesota. The Wild Prairie Roses are grown in prairies, woodland margin and disturbed areas in these states.
Iowa State Flower Dedication: 1897