List of Texas state symbols

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The following is a list of symbols of the U.S. state of Texas.

Official designations and symbols[edit]

Type Symbol Date designated Image
Motto "Friendship" 1930 [1]
Nickname "The Lone Star State"[2]
Flag The Lone Star Flag June 30, 1839 Flag of Texas.svg
National seal Seal of the Republic of Texas January 25, 1839 Seal of the Republic of Texas (1836).svg
State seal Seal of Texas December 29, 1845 Seal of Texas.svg
Reverse of the seal August 26, 1961 Seal of Texas (reverse).svg
National coat of arms Coat of arms of the Republic of Texas January 25, 1839 Coat of arms of the Republic of Texas.svg
State coat of arms Coat of arms of Texas 1993 State Arms of Texas.svg
National guard crest Crest of the Texas National Guard February 18, 1924 Texas National Guard crest.svg
Flower Bluebonnets (Lupinus spp., namely Texas bluebonnet, L. texensis) March 1901[3] Bluebonnet-8100.jpg
Tree Pecan (Carya illinoinensis) 1906 EvermanPark.JPG
Soil Houston Black
Bird Northern mockingbird 1927[4]
Mimus polyglottos adult 02 cropped.jpg
Song "Texas, Our Texas" 1929
Mammal (small) Nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) 1927 Dasypus novemcinctus.jpg
Mammal (large) Texas Longhorn 1995 Texas Longhorn cow.jpg
Mammal (flying) Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) 1995 Tadarida brasiliensis.jpg
Dog Blue Lacy June 18, 2005 BlueLacyPhoto1.jpg
Horse American Quarter Horse 2009
Buckskin mare left flank.jpg

Other official designations[edit]

Texas quarter reverse
Type Symbol Date Designated Image
Air force Commemorative Air Force
Bread Pan de campo Pan de campo
Cooking implement Dutch oven Dutch Oven -McClures Magazine.jpg
Dinosaur Sauroposeidon proteles 2009 (replaced Pleurocoelus which was state dinosaur 1997–2009)[5] Sauroposeidon Scale Diagram Steveoc86.svg
Dish Chili 1977 Bowl of Chili No Beans.jpg
Domino game Texas 42, a four-player domino game with bidding and trumps
Fiber and fabric Cotton 1997[6] CottonPlant.JPG
Fish Guadalupe bass (Micropterus treculii) 1989 Guadalupe bass - Micropterus treculii.jpg
Flower song Bluebonnets 1933[7]
Folk dance Square dance 1991
Square Dance Group
Fruit Texas red grapefruit 1993 Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit, pink) white bg.jpg
Gem Texas blue topaz 1969
Blue topaz emerald-cut faceted gemstone
Gemstone cut Lone Star Cut[8] Texasstargem.jpg
Grass Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) 1971 Bouteloua curtipendula.jpg
Handgun Colt Walker 2021 Colt Walker Percussion Revolver, serial no. 1017 MET 58.171.1 002feb2015.jpg
Insect Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) 1995 Monarch In May.jpg
Music Western swing
Musical instrument Acoustic guitar Guitar 1.jpg
Nut Native Pecan 1919 Pecan-nuts-on-tree.jpg
Pepper (native) Chiltepin (Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum) Chiltepin mexico sonora.jpg
Pepper (other) Jalapeño 1995 Illustration Capsicum annuum0.jpg
Plant Prickly pear cactus 1995 Opuntia littoralis var vaseyi 4.jpg
Play Fort Griffin Fandangle, The Lone Star, Texas, Beyond Sundown
Reptile Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), commonly called the horny toad or horned frog. 1993 TexasHornedLizard.jpg
Shell Lightning whelk (Sinistrofulgur perversum pulleyi) 1987 Welk2.jpg
Ship The battleship USS Texas (BB-35) USS Texas BB-35.jpg
Shrub Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) Lagerstroemia indica.jpg
Shrub (native) Texas sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) Leucophyllum frutescens Green Cloud.jpg
Slogan "The Friendly State" 1930
Snack Tortilla chips and salsa 1995
A bowl of tortilla chips with red salsa and green guacamole
Sport Rodeo 1997 [6] Bull-Riding2-Szmurlo.jpg
Stone Petrified palmwood Petrified-Forest-Chemnitz4.JPG
Tartan Texas Bluebonnet Tartan May 25, 1989 Texas Bluebonnet Tartan.svg
Pastry Strudel and sopaipilla 2003-2005
Strudel pastries
Sopapilla pastries
Vegetable Texas sweet onion 1997
Sweet onions in a pile

Pledge to the Texas flag[edit]

A pledge of allegiance to the Texas flag was established in 1933.[citation needed]

Honor the Texas flag;
I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas,
one state under God,
one and indivisible.[9]


USS Texas (BB-35), the oldest remaining dreadnought.

Four ships of the United States Navy and one in the Confederate States Navy have borne the name Texas:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Flags and Other Symbols | TX Almanac".
  2. ^ "State Nicknames South Dakota - Wyoming".
  3. ^ Elliott, Jane (March 22, 2008). "How did bluebonnets become state flower". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  4. ^ "Texas State Bird - Northern Mockingbird". 2016-08-04. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  5. ^ Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Texas State Symbols. July 1, 2010. Accessed November 25, 2010
  6. ^ a b "Texas State Symbols - Texas State Library and Archives Commission - TSLAC".
  7. ^ "Texas State Symbols". About Texas. Texas State Library and Archives Commission. 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2007-02-01.
  8. ^ State History Guide Texas Symbols, Gemstone Cut: Lone Star Cut
  9. ^ Texas State Library Flag Pledge, Texas State Library

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