New Mexico’s state flower is the yucca, and has been officially since 1927.

Yucca
Yucca Flower Photo by DM on Flickr

There are about 40-50 species (including perennials, shrubs, and trees) and none are actually specified as the state flower.

They’re pollinated by a specific moth that goes from flower to flower and deliberately transfers the pollen from the stamen of one to the stigma of another, then lays eggs in the flower. The moth’s offspring eat some of the developing seeds when they hatch.

Pretty cool, huh?

xoxo Sarah

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