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
State motto "Friendship" 1930 [1]
State nickname "The Lone Star State"[2]
State 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
State flower Bluebonnets (Lupinus spp., namely Texas bluebonnet, L. texensis) March 1901[3] Bluebonnet-8100.jpg
State tree Pecan (Carya illinoinensis) 1906 EvermanPark.JPG
State soil Houston Black
State bird Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1927 Mimus-polyglottos-002 edit.jpg
State song "Texas, Our Texas" 1929
State mammal (small) Nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) 1927 Dasypus novemcinctus.jpg
State mammal (large) Texas Longhorn 1995 Texas Longhorn cow.jpg
State mammal (flying) Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) 1995 Tadarida brasiliensis.jpg
State dog Blue Lacy June 18, 2005 BlueLacyPhoto1.jpg

Other official designations[edit]

Texas quarter reverse
Type Symbol Date Designated Image
State air force Commemorative Air Force
State bread Pan de campo
State cooking implement Dutch oven Dutch Oven -McClures Magazine.jpg
State dinosaur Sauroposeidon
State dish Chili 1977 Bowl of Chili No Beans.jpg
State domino game Texas 42, a four-player domino game with bidding and trumps
State fiber and fabric Cotton CottonPlant.JPG
State fish Guadalupe bass (Micropterus treculii) 1989 Guadalupe bass - Micropterus treculii.jpg
State folk dance Square dance 1991
State fruit Texas red grapefruit 1993 Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit, pink) white bg.jpg
State gem Texas blue topaz 1969
State gemstone cut Lone Star Cut[4] Texasstargem.jpg
State grass Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) 1971 Bouteloua curtipendula.jpg
State insect Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) 1995 Monarch In May.jpg
State molecule Buckyball or Buckminsterfullerene, C60 C60a.png
State music Western swing
Musical instrument Acoustic guitar Guitar 1.jpg
State nut Native Pecan 1919 Pecan-nuts-on-tree.jpg
State pepper (native) Chiltepin (Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum) Chiltepin mexico sonora.jpg
State pepper (other) Jalapeño 1995 Illustration Capsicum annuum0.jpg
State plant Prickly pear cactus 1995 Opuntia littoralis var vaseyi 4.jpg
State plays Fort Griffin Fandangle, The Lone Star, Texas, Beyond Sundown
State reptile Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), commonly called the horny toad or horned frog. 1993 TexasHornedLizard.jpg
State shell Lightning whelk (Sinistrofulgur perversum pulleyi) 1987 Welk2.jpg
State ship The battleship USS Texas (BB-35) USS Texas BB-35.jpg
State shrub Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) Lagerstroemia indica.jpg
State shrub (native) Texas sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) Leucophyllum frutescens Green Cloud.jpg
State slogan "The Friendly State" 1930
State snack Tortilla chips and salsa 1995
State sport Rodeo 1997 [5] Bull-Riding2-Szmurlo.jpg
State stone Petrified palmwood Petrified-Forest-Chemnitz4.JPG
State tartan Texas Bluebonnet Tartan May 25, 1989 Texas Bluebonnet Tartan.svg
State pastries Strudel and sopaipilla 2003-2005
State vegetable Texas sweet onion 1997

Pledge to the Texas flag[edit]

A pledge of allegiance to the Texas flag was established in 1933.

Honor the Texas flag;
I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas,
one state under God,
one and indivisible.[6]


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. ^ [1]
  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. ^ State History Guide Texas Symbols, Gemstone Cut: Lone Star Cut
  5. ^ "Texas State Symbols - Texas State Library and Archives Commission - TSLAC".
  6. ^ Texas State Library Flag Pledge, Texas State Library

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