The location of the state of Iowa in the United States, highlighted in red

The state of Iowa has adopted numerous symbols through the state legislature. These symbols are listed in the Iowa Official Register.[1]

State symbols

Type Symbol Notes Adopted Image
Bird American Goldfinch Spinus tristis (synonym: Carduelis tristis) 1933
Flag Flag of Iowa Specified in Iowa Code - Title I Chapter IB[2] 1921
Flower Wild Rose No one species is established by the legislature, but the wild prairie rose (Rosa arkansana — synonym: Rosa pratincola) is most often used. 1897
Rock Geode 1967 Geode
Seal Seal of Iowa Includes the state motto: "Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain.", specified in Iowa Code - Title I Chapter IA[3] 1847
Song "The Song of Iowa" by S.H.M. Byers
Tree Oak No species or variety designated 1961


  1. ^ "Iowa Profile", Iowa Official Register (PDF), Iowa General Assembly Legislative Services Agency, Glen Dickinson, Director, 2017–2018, pp. 387–392, retrieved 2019-12-09
  2. ^ "State flag" (PDF), Iowa Code - 2020 Title I Chapter IB, retrieved 2019-12-09
  3. ^ "Great Seal of Iowa" (PDF), Iowa Code - 2020 Title I, retrieved 2019-12-09