Maryland State Flower

The Black-Eyed Susan has been the Maryland State Flower since 1918. Each year, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR000062" title="Preakness Stakes" href="/topic/sports/horse-racing/preakness-stakes-EVSPR000062.topic">the Preakness</a> winner is draped with a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans (actually, they're mums painted to look like Black-Eyed Susans, since the real flowers aren't in season when the race is run). Like the state insect and bird, the flower has its color scheme -- orange and black, the Calvert family colors -- to thank for its vaunted status.

( Monica Lopossay, Baltimore Sun / July 19, 2006 )

The Black-Eyed Susan has been the Maryland State Flower since 1918. Each year, the Preakness winner is draped with a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans (actually, they're mums painted to look like Black-Eyed Susans, since the real flowers aren't in season when the race is run). Like the state insect and bird, the flower has its color scheme -- orange and black, the Calvert family colors -- to thank for its vaunted status.

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