Florida state flower…
One of the most fragrant flowers in Florida, the orange blossom (Citrus sinensis) is the flower of the orange tree and was designated as the state flower of Florida by Concurrent Resolution Nov. 15, 1909 Legislature.
The fruit of the Citrus sinensis is called sweet orange to distinguish it from that of the Citrus aurantium, the bitter orange.
The orange blossom state flower was selected for its distinct aroma and its prevalence throughout Central and Southern Florida…. Including USDA zone 9b, one of the few climates in the United States that is ideal for year round gardening fun and orange tree farming.
Around 1872, Florida farmers obtained seeds from New Orleans, so many orange groves were established by grafting the sweet orange on to sour orange rootstocks.
Sour rootstock: it is the only rootstock that truly is an orange (the Citrus × aurantium or bitter orange). It is vigorous and highly drought-resistant.
Citrus fruit, especially oranges, are a major part of Florida’s economy.
Florida produces almost three-quarters of all oranges produced in the United States. Oranges are the most valuable agricultural product of the state and over 95% of Florida’s orange production is destined to become orange juice.
Believe it or not, there are no reports of sweet oranges occurring in the wild.
As with most citrus plants, oranges do well under moderate temperatures—between 15.5 and 29 °C (59.9 and 84 °F)—and require considerable amounts of sunshine and water.
Planting the Florida State Flower somewhere in your USDA zone 9b landscape is also a healthy idea! Besides vitamin C found in oranges they are also known to lower cholesterol.
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