Camellia - state flower of Alabama
I don't resent this decision and I have nothing against goldenrod (in fact, I grow it in the garden) but I'm absolutely gaga over camellias. I got the camellia fever a few years ago and planted a lot of them. Most are still very small. I think camellias are the perfect flower and I marvel at their symmetry and beauty.
This is peak season for the camellias and almost all of ours are blooming. Here is a sampling: