Name That Annual Flower Quiz

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Annuals come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Are you an expert on these flowers? Test your botany skills with this quiz.

A plant that performs its complete life cycle in one growing season is called what?

A plant that performs its complete life cycle from seed to flower to seed and dies within one growing season is called an annual.

All annual flowers have a scientific name as a part of their taxonomy or classification. Which taxonomic divisions do the two Latin names denote?

The two Latin scientific names indicate the taxonomic divisions of genus and species of each annual flower. The taxonomy system uses seven divisions to classify all living organisms: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species.

True or false: The leaves, roots and stems of annual flowers die each year.

Only the dormant seed of an annual flower survives to become the next generation.

What is the common name of the <i>Tagetes erecta</i>, an annual that has showy yellow and orange flowers?

The flowers of American marigold are yellow or orange, globe-shaped and measure up to five inches across. The Portuguese discovered marigolds in the 16th century in Central America by the Portuguese.

What is the common name of the pink, trumpet-shaped annual flower <i>Impatiens balsamina</i>?

Balsam was a popular selection for Victorian-era gardens.

What is the scientific name of the flowering annual commonly known as the canna lily?

<i>C. generalis</i> typically grows as an annual, but it can also grow as a perennial in warm climates.

What is the scientific name of the orchidlike flower commonly known as sky flower?

The scientific name of the blue to purple flower is <i>D. erecta</i>. While sky flower grows as an evergreen shrub in tropical regions, it is widely treated as an annual in the U.S.

The tropical <i>Euphorbia tirucalli</i> is often grown as an annual. What is its common name?

While the fiery perennial is referred to as a cactus, it is actually a succulent. The firesticks cactus is very intolerant of freezing weather and is therefore frequently treated as an annual.

What is the common name of the frilly yellow, orange and red annual flowers named <i>Tagetes patula</i>?

The French marigold is native to Mexico and Guatemala.

What is the common name of the bushy, round and purple annual flower <i>Gomphrena globosa</i>?

The globe amaranth attracts butterflies.

The heliotrope is a flowering annual with clusters of small, fragrant white, blue or purple flowers. What is its scientific name?

Some people say <i>H. arborescens </i>smells like cherry pie.

Which annual is in the sunflower family?

Black-eyed susans (<i>Rudbeckia hirta</i>), named for their dark brown center, are in the family Asteraceae.

What is the scientific name of the Joey plant?

While the <i>P. exaltus </i>plant can be grown as a perennial, it is often treated as an annual in summer flower gardens. It has attractive, cone-shaped pink blossoms.

What is the common name of <i>Persicaria orientalis</i>, which has pink bell-shaped flowers that bloom in long clusters?

Kiss me over the garden gate is a fast-growing annual with pink, bell-shaped flowers that bloom in long clusters on stems that can reach 12 feet (4 meters) or more.

What is the common name of the flowering annual named <i>Consolida ajacis</i>?

Larkspur produces spikes of white, blue, pink or purple blooms on stems that grow up to 8 feet (2 meters) tall.

True or false: The <i>Datura inoxia</i> is a flowering annual with blooms that open in the evening and close at sunrise. What is the common name of this flower?

The moonflower is also called "angel's trumpet."

True or false: <i>Nemesia strumosa</i> is a tender perennial that is often treated as an annual.

<i>N. strumosa</i> is a true annual that produces white or blue flowers and grows about a foot tall.

True or false: The <i>Oxalis vulcanicola</i> "Zinfandel" is a perennial grown as an annual in cooler climates. What is its common name?

The volcanic sorrel is native to South America.

Which is NOT a common name of the <i>Papaver rhoeas</i> annual flower?

The annual <i>P. rhoeas</i> is commonly known as the red poppy or Flanders poppy, but not the oriental poppy. The Flanders poppy became a popular symbol of Memorial Day after being referenced in the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae.

Which rare petunia species is pollinated by hummingbirds in the wild?

The rare <i>P. exserta</i> species is pollinated by hummingbirds in the wild, while <i>P. axillaris</i> is pollinated by hawkmoths, and <i>P.integrifolia</i> is pollinated by bees.

<i>Portulaca grandiflora</i> is a flowering annual that thrives in hot and dry conditions.

Rose moss grows best in desertlike conditions.

What is the common name of <i>Antirrhinum majus</i>?

When pinched, the flower of the snapdragon resembles the mouth of a dragon opening and closing.

The annual flower <i>Lupinus texensis</i> is the state flower of Texas. What is its common name?

The Texas bluebonnet is one of five species of the Lupinus genus that were collectively named the state flower of Texas. Although it is treated as an annual in cool climates, the Texas bluebonnet acts as a perennial in the Lone Star State.

What is the common name of the floriferous South African annual <i>Ursinia anthemoides</i>?

The solar fire grows up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) tall and is covered with bright golden blooms featuring dark red circles around a central golden eye.

Which is NOT a common name of the <i>Verbena bonariensis</i> plant?

<i>V. bonariensis</i>, aka tall verbena or purple top vervain, is attractive to butterflies and is grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Which annual flowers are named for their resemblance to a rooster's comb?

The scientific name of the wheat cockscomb is <i>Celosia argentea </i>var.<i> spicata</i>.

What is the common name of the annual <i>Xerochrysum bracteatum</i>?

The paper daisy is native to Australia.

What is the scientific name of the sun-loving annual commonly known as yellow cosmos?

The scientific name of the drought tolerant yellow cosmos is <i>C. sulphureus</i>.

True or false: The annual flower<i> Zinnia elegans</i>, or common zinnias, attract butterflies.

These colorful flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Who named the Zinnia genus after fellow botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn?

Linnaeus is known as the "father of taxonomy" and developed the system of scientific classification still in use today.

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