“Anything can grow in Alabama and does. You can put a thorn in the dirt at dusk and have an armload of roses by dawn.”
But it is oh so very true. Our Alabama state flower is actually an immigrant, the Japanese camellia. Camellias came to the U.S. via the tea trade in the 1900s. My favorite place to see mounds of gorgeous camellias is at Bellingrath Gardens in sub-tropical Mobile.
Not only does Alabama have a state flower, we also have an Official State Wildflower, the indigenous Oakleaf Hydrangea. Aldridge Gardens just outside Birmingham, in the middle of the state, is the prime place to see clouds of Oakleaf Hydrangea blossoms. Y’all come!Ben Johnson South, playwright and author