Two years later, sentiment arose for change and the bitterroot received the WCTU's designation. Flag of Montana. It has taken its scientific name, lewisia, from the famous explorer, Captain Meriwether Lewis, who was the first man to collect information about this exquisite plant. Adoption of the Floral Emblem of the State of Montana. All State Flags. Long before explorers Lewis and Clark wrote about the beautiful purplish-pink flower of the bitterroot, Native Americans were using its roots for food and trade. Song: "Montana". The bitterroot was a beloved flower of Montanans prior to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (The World's Columbian Exposition), but it was not until after the fair that the bitterroot gained official status by an act of the Montana Legislature. Delegates to the 1889 Montana Women's Christian Temperance Union, meeting in Missoula, selected a "little blue flower that grows near the … On February 27, 1895, the Montana State Legislature named the bitterroot as its state flower. State Flower of Montana- Bitterroot. Great mouse practice for toddlers, preschool kids, and elementary students. Flower: Bitterroot. Bitterroot. Delegates to the 1889 Montana Women's Christian Temperance Union, meeting in Missoula, selected a "little blue flower that grows near the snow banks" as the WCTU's official state flower. Trumpet Flower: Large Flowered Collomia, Grand Collomia, Mountain Collomia Collomia grandiflora* (Native) Family: Polemoniaceae - Phlox family: Trumpet Flower: Narrowleaf Collomia, Tiny Trumpet, Narrow-leaf Mountain Trumpet Collomia linearis* (Native) Family: Polemoniaceae - Phlox family It has lent its common name to a mountain range, a valley, and a river. A decade before the Spanish American War colored Montana's seal, a more subdued movement began to add beauty and a mild fragrance to Montana's list of symbols. A sunrise shines over snowy mountains. Flower: Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) Grass: Bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata) Insect: Mourning cloak butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) Mammal: Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) Tree: Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) Fossil: Duck-billed dinosaur (Maiasaura peeblesorum) Gemstone: Sapphire: Montana moss agate: Soil: Scobey Montana chose a deserving state flower in the lovely Bitterroot. State Seal. Motto: "Oro y plata" (Gold and Silver) Nicknames: ( most used) The Treasure State; Big Sky Country. Lewisia rediviva. Bitterroot - State Flower of Montana coloring sheet - part of the learn-to-read, read-to-me series of reading games. The state seal displays symbols of Montana's history and natural beauty. About Montana; Population: 1,005,141; Nickname: Treasure State; State Capital: Helena; State Flower: Bitterroot; State Bird: Western Meadowlark; State Animal: Grizzly Bear; State Fish: Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout; State Gemstones: Sapphire & Agate; State Soil: Scobey Soil; State Motto: Oro y … Montana State Flower History Although the bitterroot derives its Latin name from Meriwether Lewis who “discovered” it on his expedition with Clark, Native Americans, particularly the Flathead Indians who roamed the Bitterroot Valley, treasured this precious flower and used its roots for food and trade. Tree: Ponderosa Pine. Montana State Flower. The original banner was hand-made and carried by Montana volunteers in the Spanish-American war, but the design was not adopted as Montana's official state flag until 1904. The bitterroot, (Lewisia rediviva ,) was adopted on February 27, 1895 as Montana state flower, a beautiful purplish-pink flower.