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Yucca, New Mexico's state flower
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New Mexico's flag
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Roadrunner, New Mexico's state bird



State Bird:  Roadrunner

State Fish:  Cutthroat Trout

State Animal: Black Bear

State Insect:  Tarantula Hawk Wasp

State Flower:  Yucca Flower

State Tree:  Piñon Pine

State Grass:  Blue Grama

State Vegetables:  Chile and Frijole

State Cookie:  Biscochito

State Song:  “O, Fair New Mexico” (adopted in 1917) was written three years after New Mexico became the 47th state. It was written by the daughter of Pat Garrett, the man who killed the outlaw Billy the Kid. In 1971, New Mexicans adopted an official Spanish-language song, is “Asi es Nuevo Méjico.”

State Gem:  Turquoise

State Fossil:  Coelophysis

Motto:  Crescit Eundo "It grows as it goes"

Origin of State Name:  The region north of Mexico was named Nuevo Mexico by a Spanish explorer in the 1560s.

Nickname for State:  Land of Enchantment.  The state's nickname refers to its natural beauty and numerous recreational opportunities.

Nickname for residents:  New Mexicans