"History and Stories of Nebraska"
by Addison Erwin Sheldon

Produced by Connie Snyder


For many years Nebraska had no official state flower. The people were too busy making homes to give the selection of a state flower much thought and too thankful for every flower which grew on the prairies and along the streams to choose from among the anemones and violets, the roses, the amorphas or shoestrings, the spiderworts, the puccoons or Indian paint brushes, the goldenrods and sunflowers, one flower which should be preferred before all the others.

The Golden Rod, Nebraska's Flower

As the years went on the feeling grew that Nebraska should have a state flower and the people set about choosing one. It was agreed that the flower chosen should be in it self a fit emblem of Nebraska and that it should be found growing abundantly in all parts of the state. So they looked over the prairies, the plains, the woods, the valleys and the sandhills. Everywhere they found the bright, graceful, cheery goldenrod, beautiful not only in the tender green leaf and bud of springtime, in the golden glory of summer and autumn, but also in its quaker colored garb in our winter landscapes. And they said, "The goldenrod shall be Nebraska's flower." This choice was made in 1895, when the Nebraska legislature passed an act making the goldenrod the official flower of our state.

There is never a time when the goldenrod cannot be found in our landscape.


  1. Have you found the goldenrod in Nebraska in spring? In summer? In autumn? In winter?
  2. Why is it especially well fitted to be Nebraska's flower?