Mistletoe is Oklahoma’s Oldest Symbol

on November 30, 2003

Adopted in 1893, 14 years before statehood, mistletoe is Oklahoma’s oldest symbol. The semi-parasitic plant grows on trees throughout the state, especially in the southern part, and bears dark green leaves and bright white berries. Mistletoe reportedly was chosen to represent the state at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago because it decorated settlers’ graves when flowers weren’t blooming.

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