Delaware State Flower and State Bird
Blue Hen Chicken Peach Blossom ~ Prunus persica From The Wildflowers of the 50 States U.S. stamps issued July 24, 1992:
Delaware furnished one regiment during the American Revolution, and certainly no regiment in the Army surpassed it in soldiership or had a longer service record. Their American comrades dubbed the Delaware men "the Blue Hen's Chickens," because, it was said, they fought with the tenacity of the blue-tinted game cocks they carried with them.
Although generally believed to be a native of china, the peach is one of those fruits which has been cultivated for so long, and over so wide an area, that its place of origin is obscured. The flowering peaches are some of the loveliest of all trees. The rich deep pink blossoms are borne on the previous season's new branches only, and because they bloom very early in the year there is always danger of damage by late frosts. Peach trees seldom live longer than thirty years, and though they may bear some fruit when they are old, it is not profitable for orchards to keep trees more than nine years.
Delaware Wildflower - Smooth Solomon's Seal
Art from the 50-stamp series, State Birds and Flowers,
issued April 14, 1982 simultaneously in all state capitals.
Blue Hen Chicken
Peach Blossom ~ Prunus persica
From The Wildflowers of the 50 States U.S. stamps issued July 24, 1992: