Maryland State Flower

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.
Monica Lopossay, Baltimore Sun
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