Winter is over, according to the calendar, but not according to weather reports. The central and eastern regions of the United States have had a series of snowstorms and even a blizzard in recent weeks. However, there is one sure sign of a change in the seasons as spring flowers are starting to bloom. And while the snow might keep gardeners at bay, it doesn’t usually harm the flowers. In fact, it can help them by providing insulation when the temperature drops.
Snow also makes a beautiful backdrop for the early blooms, such as daffodils. More and more flowers bloom as spring progresses, including forget-me-nots and peonies. These have often been planted and cared for by devoted gardeners, requiring an investment of time and money.
In fact, gardening and flowers are big business. Sales at U.S. nursery and garden stores were estimated at $40 billion in 2017. Meanwhile, Americans spent almost $27 billion on floral products (80% of the flowers sold by florists were imported).
It’s clear that Americans like to grow and give and get flowers. But which flowers do they like the best? Now that spring is here, 24/7 Wall St. decided to identify the most popular flowers, including the state official flowers, in every state.
While flowers such as the rose — the U.S. national flower — have fans everywhere, there are differences in taste related to geography and climate. We also decided to identify the most popular flowers, including the state official flowers, in every state.
To identify the most popular flowers in each state, 24/7 Wall St. used the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties to find in each state the cut and planted flowers with the highest annual sales. Cuts can pertain to any part of the flower, including blooms, stems, and spikes.