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Sunflower, Kansas' state flower
Kansas' flag
Kansas State Flag
Western Meadowlark, Kansas' state bird
Western Meadowlark



State Bird:  Western Meadowlark

State Animal:  American Buffalo

State Insect:  The Honeybee

State Amphibian:  Barred Tiger Salamander

State Reptile:  Ornate Box Turtle

State Flower:  Sunflower

State Tree:  Cottonwood

State Song:
  "Home on the Range," lyrics by Dr. Brewster Higley, music by Daniel Kelley

Motto:  Ad Astra Per Aspera, Latin words meaning "To the Stars Through Difficulties"

Origin of State Name:  The state is named for the Kansas River, which, in turn, was named for the Kansa people, who once inhabited the northeast area of the state.

Nickname for State:  The Sunflower StateThe helianthus, or native wild sunflower, grows throughout Kansas.

Nickname for residents:  Kansans