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My favorite plant is the Dwarf Lake Iris. It has a beautiful little flower and is the state wildflower of Michigan. It is very special to me because it is endemic to the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, where I grew up. It was first discovered on Mackinac Island, where I now live. It is also one of my stepfather's favorite flowers. He is a botanist, inspiring my love of plants and encouraging me as I pursue a career in the environmental science field.