If Selma had an official flower, it would be the Lady Banksia Rose. These dainty blossoms have no thorns and bloom prolifically in early April. Here, they flourish at the municipal complex and are most everywhere else one goes in town.
Selma's Legend of the Lady Banksia...One hundred forty-two years ago today, much of Selma was looted and burned in one of the last battles of the Civil War. The Rev. Arthur Small, young pastor of the Presbyterian Church, was among 2,000 volunteer defenders, but he went ahead and preached his sermon before Union troops arrived. That sermon was to be his last. He died in battle, and when his body was laid upon the steps of the church manse, it is said that the Lady Banksia rosebush nearby cried its petals upon the beloved pastor's body. Small is buried in Old Live Oak Cemetery.