Flowers, often called blooms, are the reproductive structures of a flowering plant whose job it is the facilitate the union of sperm cells with eggs cells. While that is what they were created for, from thousands of years they have been admired by humans, who have arranged them into displays, cultivated them to bring out different colors and traits, and there are some which have been used to synthesize medicines.
They can be found on almost every continent, with some flowers only growing in very few regions of the world. Flowers mean different things to different people. For the most part, they represent human affection and are used as a way to express it, but some are also used in sacred rituals. In fact, there are even flowers which represent gods and deities.
How well do you know the flowers growing in gardens around the world? If you were given images of some of the most common flowers found in gardens, would you be able to identify them all on your own or will you be needing some help from a hint? If you would like to find out the answers to these questions then you can take this quiz!
Verbena is a genus of plants which contains over 200 species of flowering plants, some of which can be found blooming year-round. Typically used as ornamental plants, they attract many species of butterflies to gardens, and it is also used in traditional medicine.
Magnolia is a genus of 210 species of flowering plants which were named after the French botanist, Pierre Magnol. The flower, which is the official flower of Shanghai, can be found growing in many different countries, where it is seen in gardens, and used in traditional medicine.
Lavender is a genus of 47 species of flowering plants which are native to the Old World. The flowers are used in oils and cooking, as well as herbalism. The most common species, Lavandula angustifolia, is known for its color, scent and appearance.
Chrysanthemum, simply referred to as mum, is a genus of flowering plants with is native to Asia and parts of Europe. They are used both in the culinary industry and in gardens, and there are some places where these flowers symbolize death.
Phlox is a genus of flowering plants which consist of over 67 species, which are mostly found in North America. These fragrant flowers can be found blooming in colors including red, white, pale blue and violet.
Lilac is a species of flowering plants which is native to the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe. They can be found in gardens and parks all over the world, where they are known for their sweet and pleasant scent.
Tulip is a genus of spring-blooming plants which can be seen in a variety of colors and cultivars in gardens and parks across the world. The name tulip was thought to be derived from the Persian word for turban because of its resemblance to it.
The common marigold is a flowering plant which can be found growing in warm temperate regions around the world. They yellowish-orange flowers are edible and are also used as a medicinal herb and dye for fabrics.
Hyacinth is a small genus of flowering plants which is native to the regions near the Mediterranean Sea. The bulbs of the flowers are quite poisonous as they contain oxalic acid and cause skin irritation.
Carnation or clove pink, is a species of sweet-smelling flowering plants belonging to the Dianthus genus. Originally seen growing in a bright pink-purple color, there are now cultivars which grow in green, yellow and red.
Alstroemeria, also called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas, is a genus of flowering plants which are native to South America but can be found in many continents. Because of their resemblance to lilies, they are commonly used in flower arrangements and gardens.
The Gerbera daisy is a genus of flowering plants which were named after the medical doctor and botanist Traugott Gerber. Found growing in tropical regions around the world, they are known for their large capitulum and two-lipped ray florets.
The sunflower is a genus of flowering plants which consists of 70 species of flowering plants which can be found growing near creeks and prairies. They are known for growing up to 120 inches tall and for their bright yellow color, but can also be seen in red and brown.
Butterfly bush is a genus which includes over 125 species of flowering plants, all of which can be found growing from the Americas to Asia. The plant is extremely popular in gardens and is so named because of its attractiveness to the insects.
Wisteria is a genus of flowering plants which includes species of woody climbing vines found in many Asian countries. These spring-blooming flowers can be seen growing in violet, pink and white and the entire plant is toxic if it is ingested.
The bird of paradise flower is a genus of 5 species of plants which are native to South Africa and named after the bird of paradise because of its resemblance to the bird. It is the floral emblem of the city of Los Angeles and it is also featured on the South African 50 cent coin.
The iris is a genus of over 250 species of flowering plants which were named after the Greek word and goddess of the rainbow. Some species are used in perfumes and medicines, and there are also some which are used in water purification.
Canna or canna lily is a genus of approximately 10 species of flowering plants, all of which can be seen in tropical gardens around the world. In parts of India, they are fermented to create alcohol, while the seeds of species are used to create jewelry.
The peony is a genus of flowering plants which can be found in Europe, Asia and parts of North America. They are one of the most popular garden plants found in temperate regions and are often seen in flower arrangements, especially wedding bouquets.
The Cymbidium orchid, also called the boat orchid, is a genus consisting of over 50 species of flowering plants which date back to 1815. In some parts of the world, namely Bhutan, it is considered to be a delicacy and is often cooked in stews and curries.
Gardenia is a genus of flowering plants which are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and Madagascar. Named after the naturalist Alexander Garden, these strongly scented flowers can be seen in bloom between mid-spring and midsummer.
Amaryllis, also known as the belladonna lily, is a genus of flowering plants which is native to South Africa. Seen blooming in a variety of colors, they are commonly sold during the winter months because of their ability to bloom indoors.
Forget-me-not, also called Scorpion grass, is a genus of flowering plants which includes over 500 species. In places like New Zealand, they are food for larvae, making them threatened in that part of the country.
Zinnia is a genus of plants belonging to the daisy family and can be found from thesSouthwestern United States all the way down to South America. Named after the German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn, these popular garden plants are known for attracting hummingbirds.
The Calla lily is a genus of flowering plants which can be found growing in cool regions in the Northern Hemisphere. The plant is extremely poisonous when fresh but after it is dried and boiled, it can be edible.
Freesia is a genus of perennial flowering plants which are native to South Africa and were named after the German botanist Friedrich Freese. The flowering plant is kept as an ornamental flower and it is also used in fragrances.
Hydrangea, sometimes called Hortensia, is a genus of flowering plants which are native to parts of Asia. Typically used as ornamental plants, they are seen growing in a variety of colors including blue, white, light purple and red.
Lisianthus, also known as the prairie gentian, is a genus of flowering plants which can be found growing throughout South America, the Caribbean and parts of the United States. They can be found in a variety of colors including bicolored cultivars.
Gypsophila, also known as baby’s breath, is a genus of flowering plants some of which are endemic to Turkey. These ornamental plants are commonly used by florists in bouquets, in herbal medicine and in some places, it is used as a food source.
Antirrhinum, also called snapdragons and dragon flowers because of their resemblance to the creatures, is a genus of flowering plants which are native to parts of Europe, North Africa and the United States. These beautiful flowers are seen growing in a variety of colors in gardens around the world.
Delphinium, also called larkspur, is a genus consisting of over 300 species of flowering plants which can be found growing throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Its name is derived from the Latin word for “dolphin” because of its shape.
Ranunculus, also called buttercup and spearworts, is a genus of flowering plants which consists of over 500 species of flowering plants which bloom in spring but can still be seen throughout summer. The flowers, especially the yellow variety, have highly lustrous petals.
Anemone is a genus of consisting of over 200 species of flowering plants native to temperate regions around the world. These flowers hold special significance in Greek mythology and they can be seen blooming in a variety of colors from early spring into the autumn months.
Dahlia is a genus of over 40 species of perennial plants which are native to Mexico, where they are the national flower. These annual blooming flowers are said to represent dignity, stability and gratitude.
The gladiolus, sometimes called the sword lily, is a genus of a perennial flowering plant which belongs to the iris family. Found growing in tropical regions around the world, there are over 300 species of this flower.
Camellia is a genus of flowering plants which consists of over 250 species of plants found throughout Asia. Named after the man who described it, George Joseph Kamel, the plant is used to make tea, and tea oil.
Hibiscus is a large genus of flowering plants which can be found in temperate to tropical regions around the world. These flowers are very symbolic, the red hibiscus, in particular, is the flower of the Hindu goddess Kali and in some places, they are meant to represent the relationship status of a woman.
Lupine is a genus of over 200 species of flowering plants which can be found growing in North and South America. Some cultivars are used as a food source while others are used as ornamental plants in gardens and bouquets.
The poppy is an herbaceous flowering plant which is mostly known as the source of the drug opium. The flowers, the red variety in particular, are known for being the symbol of remembrance of the soldiers who fought during World War I.
Rhododendron is a genus of over 1,000 species of flowering plants which can be found growing around the world, but mainly in Asia. The brightly colored flowers have been used in traditional medicine due to their possible anti-inflammatory properties.