As angiosperms, southern magnolias use flowers to reproduce. Southern magnolia flowers are perfect flowers, meaning they possess both male and female reproductive structures. Their creamy white flowers can grow up to a diameter of 12 inches and produce a strong fragrance that attracts pollinators, the majority of which are beetles. Its main flowering season is May through June. Southern magnolia flowers are perfect flowers, meaning they possess both male and female reproductive structures. These flowers are actually a main source of controversy among botanists, as they cause confusion regarding the classification of magnolia trees. Although southern magnolias possess a number of dicot features, most notably two cotyledons, their flowers actually have six petals, a feature usually belonging only to monocots. It is the state flower of Louisiana. Interestingly, the magnolia flower is associated with nobility, perseverance, dignity and a love of nature. The magnolia tree, in general, is a symbol of magnificence because of its impressive height and enormous flowers.