| On March 16, 1923, Governor
Arthur M. Hyde signed a bill naming the white hawthorne blossom
the official state floral emblem of Missouri. Known as the
"red haw" or "white haw", the hawthorne (crateagus) is a member
of the great rose family, which resembles the apple group. The
hawthorne blossoms have greenish-yellow centers and form in
white clusters. More than 75 species of the hawthorne grow in
Missouri, particularly in the Ozarks.