Indianapolis - State Capital
The capital of Indiana is Indianapolis. It is located in the exact center of the state.
In 2008, more than 798,000 residents lived in the city.
Indianapolis means "Indiana City". The name was created by joining the word Indiana with the Greek word for city which is polis.
Peony - State Flower
Indiana's state flower is the peony.
Peonies are fragrant flowering plants. They come in various colors including white, red, pink, and yellow. They bloom from late spring to early summer.
Ants are attracted to peony buds because nectar forms on the outside of the buds.
Cardinal - State Bird
The state bird of Indiana is the cardinal. Cardinals are songbirds.
Cardinals live in woodlands and have strong bills for eating seeds. A woodland is a low density forest that allows sunlight to shine on plants.
Male cardinals are bright red, but females are a tan/gray color.