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The Ebay listing of flowers that were said to be the ones from which UT drew its school colors...

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The Ebay listing of flowers that were said to be the ones from which UT drew its school colors leaves me with something preying on my mind. First of all, the Ebay flowers were iris (TN state flower) and definitely not the flower UT choose for its school color. If you Google search the topic, all sources say that the American Daisy was growing in The Hill and it is the flower we can thank for our beloved orange. BUT....... I can recall when I was a kid——back in the 1960’s———-I was told that the flower growing on The Hill that caused orange to be chosen was the Gloriosa Daisy. I’ve been going through life thinking this. Now when I see American Daisy, even on utsports.com, I wonder if I’m wrong or, over time, has the wrong flower crept into picture. Search Google images and you’ll see that the Gloriosa would certainly seem to be closer, in terms of our orange color.

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