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Colorado State Emblems

State Motto:
Nil sine numine
(Latin, "Nothing without Providence"
or "Nothing without the Deity")

rhodochrosite
State Minteral
Rhodochrosite

The color red, abundant everywhere you look in Colorado, likely contributed to the choice of state mineral. A rose-colored mineral received the distinction on April 17, 2002.
columbine

State Flower
Columbine

The white and lavender columbine (Aquilegia caerules) was recognized early on in Colorado's history as a fragile and rare flower species. On April 4, 1899, it was named the state flower, and in 1925, a law was passed further protecting this beauty by making it the duty of all state residents to protect it.

lark bunting

State bird
Lark Bunting

Calamospiza melanocorys was adopted as the state bird on April 29, 1931. It is a medium sized, sparrow-like bird, and during mating season, the male of the species is jet black with a swatch of white on its wings and a large, whitish bill.
blue spruce
State Tree
Blue Spruce

The Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens) was discovered on Colorado's Pike's Peak in 1862 by botantist C.C. Parry, but it didn't receive its official name until 1879. As with most spruce varieties, the Colorado blue has a wonderful symmetry about it, and on Arbor Day, in 1892, school children across the state voted it as the state tree. It wasn't made official until March 7, 1939.
big horn sheep
State Mammal
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep

(Ovis canadensis) is only found in the Rockies. It was so named on May 1, 1961.
blue gamma grass
State Grass
Blue grama

Blue grama is a native Colorado grass that growns wild throughout most of the state. It was named the official state grass on May 20, 1987.
greenback coutthrout trout
State Fish
Greenback Cutthroat Trout

(Oncorhynchus clarki somias) Once quite prolific in state lakes, the greenback was almost wiped out by pollution produced by the mining industry and people in general. When a small population was discovered in a few remote areas, wildlife officials were anxious to protect the speies. Hence, the naming of the greenback as the official state fish took place on March 15, 1994.
hairstreak butterfly
State Insect
The Colorado hairstreak butterfly

(Hupaurotis cysalus) with is purple, orange and black wings, received the designation on April 17, 1996.
aquamarine
State Gemstone
Aquamarine

A gemstone the color of a clear, blue-green mountain lake. It was adopted as the state gemstone of April 30, 1971. Aquamarine is found in abundance on the peaks of Mount Antero and White Mountain.

 


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