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The pink-and-white lady slipper is named the official state flower.

In 1893, the moccasin flower, also known as the wild lady slipper, was named the state's flower by Senator William B. Dean, later confirmed by the Senate and House.

But upon the discovery that the moccasin flower did not grow in Minnesota, the pink-and-white lady slipper would be adopted as the new flower of the state.

In 1925, the Cypripedium Reginae, the technical name for the flower, would become protected under state law, making it illegal for it to be picked.

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