The state flower of New Jersey was originally designated
as such by a resolution of the Legislature in 1913.
Unfortunately the force of resolution ended with the start of
the 1914 legislative session, leaving the violet with
uncertain status for the next fifty years. In 1963 an attempt
was made to have the Legislature "officially" designate the
violet as the state flower, but the legislation apparently failed.
In 1971, at the urging of New Jersey's garden clubs, legislation
more specifically designating the Common Meadow Violet (Viola
sororia) as the state flower was enacted.