A one-time powerful Texas politico nicknamed Cactus Jack tried to make his favorite flower, the cactus flower, the Texas state flower. The Colonial Dames of Texas spoke for the bluebonnet flower, including presenting an oil painting of the flower to the legislators, many of whom had never seen a bluebonnet, and got the bluebonnet designated as the state flower. John Nance (Cactus Jack) Garner, then vice president, lost his bid for the cactus.
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