List of North Carolina state symbols

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The following is a list of official state symbols of the U.S. state of North Carolina, listed in the order adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly

Insignia[edit]

Type Symbol Year Image
Flag "That the flag of North Carolina shall consist of a blue union, containing in the center thereof a white star with the letter N in gilt on the left and the letter C in gilt on the right of said star, the circle containing the same to be one-third the width of the union. The fly of the flag shall consist of two equally proportioned bars; the upper bar to be red, the lower bar to be white; that the length of the bars horizontally shall be equal to the perpendicular length of the union, and the total length of the flag shall be one-third more than its width. That above the star in the center of the union there shall be a gilt scroll in semi-circular form, containing in black letters this inscription 'May 20, 1775,' and that below the star there shall be a similar scroll containing in black letters the inscription: 'April 12, 1776.'" 1885 North Carolina flag
Motto Esse quam videri ("To be, rather than to seem") 1893
Nicknames *Old North State[1] n/a
Seals The Seal of North Carolina 1871

(Revised in 1983)

North Carolina state seal
Slogan First Flight

unofficial

Flora[edit]

Type Symbol Year Image
Flower Flowering Dogwood

(Cornus Florida)

1941[3] American Dogwood
State wildflower Carolina Lily 2003[4] Carolina Lily
State tree Pine

(Pinus)

1963[5] Pine
State Christmas tree Fraser Fir 2005[6] Fraser Fir
State carnivorous plant Venus Flytrap 2005[7] Venus flytrap

Fauna[edit]

Type Symbol Year Image
State bird Cardinal 1943[8] Northern Cardinal Female-27527.jpg
State horse Colonial Spanish Mustang 2010 SpanishMustangsOfCorolla.jpg
State mammal Eastern Gray Squirrel 1969 Eastern Gray Squirrel
State salt water fish Channel Bass 1971[9] Prize Red Drum.jpg
State freshwater fish Southern Appalachian brook trout

(freshwater trout)

2005[9] brook trout
State reptile Eastern Box Turtle 1979[3] Eastern Box Turtle
State insect Western honey bee

(Apis mellifera)

1973[3] Western honey bee
State dog Plott Hound 1989 Plott Hound
State shell Scotch_bonnet_(sea_snail) 1965 Scotch Bonnet

Geology[edit]

Type Symbol Year Image
State gemstone Emerald 1973[3] Emerald
State rock Granite 1979
Granite (1979)
State mineral Gold 2011
An irregularly shaped nugget of native gold.
Gold (2011)

Culture[edit]

Type Symbol Year Image
State song "The Old North State (song)" 1927[10]
State colors The red and blue of the North Carolina and the United States 1945[11]
State toast The Tar Heel Toast 1957[12]
State beverage Milk 1987[13] Milk
State vegetable Sweet potato 1995[14] Sweet Potato
State red berry Strawberry 2001[3] Strawberry444.jpg
State blue berry Blueberry 2001[3] PattsBlueberries.jpg
State fruit Scuppernong grape 2001[3] Close up grapes.jpg
State folk dance Clogging 2005[15]
State popular dance Shag 2005[16]
State historical boat Shad Boat 1987[17]
State sport Stock car racing 2011[18] Through the tri-oval.jpg

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