Indigenous Stroboli Flowers of Maine
Indigenous flowers found on the islands of Maine are the Apple blossoms,
Goldenrods and the Pine Cone and Tassel. The state flower of Maine was chosen
when the Women’s Congress came up with the idea that inspired the individual
selection of floral emblem that will re4present each of the state that comprises
In 1893 at the World’s Fair in Chicago, the” National Garland of Flowers” idea
was formed. It was the inspiration that made individual state legislature to
select their floral emblem or state flower that will represent them.
During these times, the selection for the floral emblem that will represent the
state of Maine took place. It was from the month of November to December in the
year 1894 that an effort was made to establish the official state flower of
Maine. “Maine Floral Emblem Society” urged that the voice of the citizens of
Maine be heard on this particular issue.
In order to obtain a floral emblem that will represent the state through a
statewide consensus, newspapers in Maine were published with ballots. The
ballots offered three candidates and they were the Apple blossoms, Goldenrods
and the Pine Cone and Tassel. The statewide voting was aiming to choose a floral
emblem that will represent the state in the “National Garland of Flowers”.
Results of the statewide voting turned out and declared Pine Cone and Tassel as
the winner by gaining 60% of the entire number of votes. To Maine, which is also
known as the Pine Cone State, this was not a surprising outcome at all. The
White Pine Cone and Tassel played a big role in the history of Maine.
The 67th Legislature of Maine adopted the Pine Cone and Tassel as Maine’s
official state flower or floral emblem on February 1, 1895. The legislature in a
way did not specify the particular specie of Pine Cone and Tassel when it was
approved and made the floral emblem of Maine. But the legislation surely
intended the eastern white pine or the Pinus strobus.
The White Pine Cone and Tassel is considered in the northeastern part of the
United States as the largest conifer that can ever be found. It is also known as
the Pinus strobus, Linnaeus, the leaves of white pines are also called needles.
These needles are bluish-green in color that sometimes turns into silver green,
arranged regularly in bundles of five. Leaves are also soft and flexible that
measures from 2.5 to 5 inches in length. During the second growing season, white
pine leaves are usually shed at the tips.
Stroboli or the flowers of white pines are found occurring on the bodies of its
tree. Cones of White pine Cone and Tassel can measure from 4 up to 8 inches
long, usually appearing slightly curved. These cones have scales that are thin
without prickles. Fragrances of gummy resin are scents smelled from these cones.
Maine is the only state in America that doesn’t offer a flower for its floral
emblem. It is also the only state in the entire U.S. to have its own official