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North Carolina State Symbols

Welcome to North Carolina! (Continued below)

Nicknames & Slogans
Nicknames The Tar Heel State, Turpentine State, Old North State, First in Flight  
Symbols of State
Motto Esse Quam Videri 1893
Song The Old North State 1927
EcoSymbols
Flower dogwood (Cornus florida) 1941
Wildflower Carolina lily (Lilium michauxii) 2003
Tree pine (Pinus) 1963
Christmas tree Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) 2005
Fruit scuppermong (Vitis rotundifolia) 2001
Blue Berry blueberry (Vaccinium) 2001
Red Berry strawberry (Fragaria) 2001
Vegetable sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) 1995
Carnivorous Plant Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) 2005
Bird cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1943
Mammal gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) 1969
Marsupial Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginianus) 2013
Horse colonial Spanish mustang (Equus caballus) 2011
Dog Plott Hound (Canis lupus familiaris) 1989
Reptile eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) 1979
Salamander marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) 2013
Frog Pine Barrens tree frog (Hyla andersonii) 2013
Amphibian (former) bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) 2007
Fish channel bass or red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) 1971
Freshwater Trout Southern Appalachian brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 2005
Butterfly eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) 2012
Insect honeybee (Apis mellifera) Redundant Symbol 1973
Shell Scotch bonnet (Phalium granulatum) 1965
Mineral gold 2011
Rock granite 1979
Precious Stone emerald 1973
Fossil † Teeth of shark Megalodon 2013
Soil Cecil (unofficial) Unofficial
Cultural Symbols
Colors red and blue 1945
Boat shad boat 1987
Sport stock car racing 2011
Toast A Toast to North Carolina 1957
Tartan Carolina Tartan 1991
Beverage milk Redundant Symbol 1987
Folk Dance clogging 2005
Popular Dance shag 2005
Art Medium clay 2013
Pottery Birthplace Seagrove Area 2005
Folk Art Whirligigs by Vollis Simpson 2013
Theater Thalian Association 1975
Language English Redundant Symbol 1987
Veterans Day Parade Veterans Day Parade held in the Town of Warsaw 2016
Military Academy Oak Ridge Military Academy, Oak Ridge 1991
Flag Salute 2007

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