List of Texas state symbols

The following is a list of symbols of the U.S. state of Texas.

Official designations and symbols

TypeSymbolDate designatedImage
Motto "Friendship" 1930 [1]
Nickname "The Lone Star State"[2]
Flag The Lone Star Flag June 30, 1839
National seal Seal of the Republic of Texas January 25, 1839
State seal Seal of Texas December 29, 1845
Reverse of the seal August 26, 1961
National coat of arms Coat of arms of the Republic of Texas January 25, 1839
State coat of arms Coat of arms of Texas 1993
National guard crest Crest of the Texas National Guard February 18, 1924
Flower Bluebonnets (Lupinus spp., namely Texas bluebonnet, L. texensis) March 1901[3]
Tree Pecan (Carya illinoinensis) 1906
Soil Houston Black
Bird Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1927
Song "Texas, Our Texas" 1929
Mammal (small) Nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) 1927
Mammal (large) Texas Longhorn 1995
Mammal (flying) Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) 1995
Dog Blue Lacy June 18, 2005

Other official designations

TypeSymbolDate DesignatedImage
Air forceCommemorative Air Force
BreadPan de campo
Cooking implementDutch oven
Domino gameTexas 42, a four-player domino game with bidding and trumps
Fiber and fabricCotton1997[4]
FishGuadalupe bass (Micropterus treculii)1989
Folk danceSquare dance1991
FruitTexas red grapefruit1993
GemTexas blue topaz1969
Gemstone cutLone Star Cut[5]
GrassSideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) 1971
InsectMonarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) 1995
MoleculeBuckyball or Buckminsterfullerene, C60
MusicWestern swing
Musical instrumentAcoustic guitar
NutNative Pecan1919
Pepper (native)Chiltepin (Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum)
Pepper (other)Jalapeño1995
PlantPrickly pear cactus1995
PlayFort Griffin Fandangle, The Lone Star, Texas, Beyond Sundown
ReptileTexas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), commonly called the horny toad or horned frog.1993
ShellLightning whelk (Sinistrofulgur perversum pulleyi)1987
ShipThe battleship USS Texas (BB-35)
ShrubCrape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
Shrub (native)Texas sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)
Slogan"The Friendly State" 1930
Snack Tortilla chips and salsa1995
SportRodeo1997 [4]
StonePetrified palmwood
TartanTexas Bluebonnet TartanMay 25, 1989
PastryStrudel and sopaipilla2003-2005
VegetableTexas sweet onion 1997

Pledge to the Texas flag

A pledge of allegiance to the Texas flag was established in 1933.

Honor the Texas flag;
I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas,
one state under God,
one and indivisible.[6]


Four ships of the United States Navy and one in the Confederate States Navy have borne the name Texas:

See also


  1. "State Nicknames South Dakota - Wyoming".
  2. Elliott, Jane (March 22, 2008). "How did bluebonnets become state flower". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  3. "Texas State Symbols - Texas State Library and Archives Commission - TSLAC".
  4. State History Guide Texas Symbols, Gemstone Cut: Lone Star Cut
  5. Texas State Library Flag Pledge, Texas State Library
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