Can You Identify These Edible Flowers From Just One Image?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

Can You Identify These Edible Flowers From Just One Image?
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About This Quiz

This floral quiz is full of flowers and foliage!

Plant life is essential to us as humans. In fact, whether directly or indirectly, we all in some way end up getting virtually all of our energy from plants (which in turn get their energy from the sun), since the animals that we eat get their energy from plants in some way or the other. 

Throughout all of human history, plants have been a source of sustenance. Even long before the advent of farming, early humans still gathered plant materials to eat. However, we have always had to make sure that we take care to eat plant materials that are safe since so many of them can make us sick or even kill us. 

While everyone knows about the wide array of fruits and vegetables that are edible, not many people are aware of the fact that countless flowers are actually tasty (and good for you!) as well. In this quiz we've gathered together a handful of some often most notable edible flowers; do you think that you can identify them all? Who knows, maybe you have a few of them in your garden! Let's jump right in and see if you can name them all correctly.

Lavender This is a picture of which aromatic flower?
Lavender
The lavender plant is also known by the scientific name Lavandula (which encompasses 47 different species) and it notably has edible flowers. The flower has several culinary applications; whether decorative or to add flavor.
Starflower
Chicory
Cornflower

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Sunflower Which boldly colored flower is showcased in this picture?
Arugula
Chives
Sunflower
Also known by its scientific name Helianthus annuus, the sunflower plant is notable for having edible flowers. While the seeds are the best-known part of the plant when it comes to nutritional value, the petals themselves are also edible.
Rosemary

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Daylily This is a captivating image of which flower?
Marigold
Common daisy
Geranium
Daylily
The daylily plant is also known by the scientific name Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus and it also notably has edible flowers. These flowers are used in several Chinese dishes; including moo shu pork and Buddha's delight.

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Bergamot Which breathtaking edible flower is showcased in this photo?
Common violet
Sacred earflower
Bergamot
Also known by its scientific name Monarda didyma, the bergamot plant is notable for having edible flowers. Several parts of the plant were used by Native Americans for medicinal and culinary purposes, with the plant even being able to treat skin infections.
Chinese hibiscus

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Common sage  Flowers Do you know the name of the eye-catching flower in this photo?
Woodruff
Common sage
The common sage plant is also known by the scientific name Salvia officinalis and it also notably has edible flowers. It especially has historical importance in Britain, where it is considered to be one of the country’s most important herbs (alongside thyme, rosemary, and parsley).
Marshmallow plant
Chrysanthemum

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Japanese honeysuckle Which exquisite edible flower is shown here?
Cornflower
Linden
Chamomile
Japanese honeysuckle
Also known by its scientific name Lonicera japonica, the Japanese honeysuckle plant is notable for having edible flowers. The flowers are praised for their sweet taste and animals like rabbits, hummingbirds, and deer also love them.

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French marigold Can you identify this sophisticated flower?
Rosemary
French marigold
The French marigold plant is also known by the scientific name Tagetes patula and it also notably has edible flowers. It is primarily used in the Caucasus and also in parts of the Indian subcontinent.
Common dandelion
Woodruff

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Thyme What is the name of the expressive edible flower in this photo?
Thyme
Also known by its scientific name Thymus, the thyme plant is notable for having edible flowers. It is by far one of the most iconic and commonly used culinary herbs in the world.
Geranium
Pineapple sage
Common violet

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Rose Can you identify the unforgettable flower in this image?
Chinese hibiscus
Rose
The rose plant is also known by the scientific name Rosa (a genus of several distinct plants) and it also notably has edible flowers. The petals and buds are used to add flavor to food or make teas, and candied rose petals are also eaten in some cultures.
Red clover
Marigold

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Okra Which hearty edible flower is in this picture?
Chamomile
Chrysanthemum
Hibiscus
Okra
Also known by its scientific name Abelmoschus esculentus, the okra plant is notable for having edible flowers. While the green seed pods are the primary source of food from the plant, the mature flowers also do have minor culinary uses as well.

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Lilac Do you know the name of the treasured flower in this picture?
Lavender
Lilac
The lilac plant is also known by the scientific name Syringa vulgaris and it also notably has edible flowers. While the plant has some culinary use, it is primarily viewed as an ornamental plant.
Basil
Starflower

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American elderberry Which enchanting edible flower is in this photo?
American elderberry
Also known by its scientific name Sambucus canadensis, the American elderberry plant is notable for having edible flowers. Only the flower and the berries are edible; other parts of the plant (like the stems, roots, and leaves) are actually toxic.
Sunflower
Asparagus
Red clover

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Signet marigold Can you identify the ravishing flower in this picture?
Carnation
Rose
Signet marigold
The signet marigold plant is also known by the scientific name Tagetes tenuifolia and it also notably has edible flowers. The main purpose of the flowers is to be used as a garnish.
Common dandelion

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Tulip Which simple yet striking flower is in this image?
Bergamot
Tulip
Also known by its scientific name Tulipa, the tulip plant is notable for having edible flowers. The tulip is one of the most widely cultivated flowers, with the Netherlands alone producing approximately 3 million bulbs each year.
Indian cress
Pineapple sage

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Fennel Do you know the name of the blossoming flower in this image?
Linden
Common sage
Fennel
The fennel plant is also known by the scientific name Foeniculum vulgare and it also notably has edible flowers. In addition to the flowers, the seeds and foliage also have culinary uses.
Common daisy

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Moth orchid Can you identify the visually stimulating flower in this photo?
Japanese honeysuckle
Lilac
Carnation
Moth orchid
Also known by its scientific name Phalaenopsis, the moth orchid plant has edible flowers. It is one of the most popular orchids and is native to the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China, and parts of Australia.

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Indian cress What is the name of the traditional edible flower in this image?
French marigold
Tulip
Indian cress
The Indian cress plant is also known by the scientific name Tropaeolum majus and it has edible flowers. It is primarily used in salads and stir fry.
Sacred earflower

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Carnation Do you know the name of this expressive flower?
Carnation
Also known by its scientific name Dianthus, the carnation plant is notable for having edible flowers. They are added to salads or more frequently seen as a cake decoration.
Thyme
Signet marigold
Moth orchid

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Asparagus What is the name of the fragrant flower in this picture?
Daylily
American elderberry
Chives
Asparagus
The asparagus plant is also known by the scientific name Asparagus officinalis and it has edible flowers. Asparagus is also notable for its historic medicinal uses, primarily due to its diuretic properties.

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Basil Which petite edible flower is showcased here?
Basil
Also known by its scientific name Ocimum basilicum, the basil plant is notable for having edible flowers. While the leaves are more popular in the culinary world, the flower buds are also sought after for their subtler flavor.
Okra
Fennel
Chicory

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Chicory Can you correctly name this sensational edible flower?
Japanese honeysuckle
Cornflower
Basil
Chicory
The chicory plant is also known by the scientific name Cichorium intybus and it has edible flowers. Chicory has countless nicknames; including coffeeweed, horseweed, blue daisy, ragged sailors, and blue dandelion.

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Chives Which grandiose flower is showcased in this image?
French marigold
Chives
Also known by its scientific name Allium schoenoprasum, the chives plant is notable for having edible flowers. It is a close relative of the shallot, garlic, leek, Chinese onion, and scallion.
Rosemary
Asparagus

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Common daisy This is a photo of which simplistic yet majestic flower?
Thyme
Geranium
Rose
Common daisy
The common daisy plant is also known by the scientific name Bellis perennis and it also notably has edible flowers. Petals and flower buds can actually be eaten raw and are used in soups, sandwiches and salads.

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Marshmallow plant Do you recognize this silky edible flower?
Marshmallow plant
The marshmallow plant is also known by the scientific name Althaea officinalis and it also notably has edible flowers. The flowers can be eaten raw but they are oftentimes boiled or fried.
Okra
Chrysanthemum
Moth orchid

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Linden This is a picture of which cute and petite flower?
Lavender
Chamomile
Linden
Also known by its scientific name Tilia, the linden plant is notable for having edible flowers. In its entirety the tree is extremely useful; serving a source of timber, having edible leaves and flowers, and also being important to herbalism.
Fennel

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Pineapple sage Which sweetly named flower is showcased in this picture?
Sunflower
Arugula
Pineapple sage
The pineapple sage plant is also known by the scientific name Salvia elegans and it also notably has edible flowers. Both the leaves and lowers can be eaten and they can treat high blood pressure and anxiety.
Tulip

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Common dandelion This is an image of which charming edible flower?
Marshmallow plant
Common dandelion
Also known by its scientific name Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion plant is notable for having edible flowers. While the greens are what many people primarily use in the culinary world, the flowers can be eaten, and they are often used to make dandelion flower jam and dandelion-flavored wine.
Marigold
Signet marigold

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Red clover Which colorful flower is showcased in this photo?
Red clover
The red clover plant is also known by the scientific name Trifolium pratense and it also notably has edible flowers. It can be used to make herbal tea and is particularly important in traditional Indian medicine.
Bergamot
Woodruff
American elderberry

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Starflower Do you know the name of the celestial flower in this photo?
Lilac
Common violet
Starflower
Also known by its scientific name Borago officinalis, the starflower plant is notable for having edible flowers. However, the plant is often grown for the edible leaves or for the oil that can be extracted from its seeds.
Common sage

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Arugula Which petite and simple edible flower is shown here?
Basil
Arugula
The arugula plant is also known by the scientific name Eruca sativa and it also notably has edible flowers. It is used extensively in Italy, where it is often seen being added to pizzas near the end of baking or to pasta dishes.
Pineapple sage
Okra

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Marigold What is the name of the richly colored flower in this photo?
Asparagus
Red clover
Daylily
Marigold
Also known by its scientific name Calendula officinalis, the marigold plant is notable for having edible flowers. The leaves are also technically edible, but they are not considered to be palatable.

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Common violet Can you identify the sweet smelling flower in this image?
Rose
Starflower
Common violet
The common violet plant is also known by the scientific name Viola odorata and it also notably has edible flowers. However, the most common historical use of the flower is the production of fragrances and perfumes.
Thyme

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Woodruff Which contemporary ornamental flower is in this picture?
Indian cress
Common dandelion
French marigold
Woodruff
Also known by its scientific name Galium odoratum, the woodruff plant is notable for having edible flowers. The flower is most often seen being used in potpourri.

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Chamomile Do you know the name of the medicinal edible flower in this picture?
Moth orchid
Chamomile
The chamomile plant is also known by the scientific name Matricaria chamomilla and it also notably has edible flowers. It is used in traditional medicine as a sleep aid or to treat irritable bowel syndrome.
Linden
Japanese honeysuckle

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Chrysanthemum Which complexly named flower is in this photo?
Fennel
Carnation
Common sage
Chrysanthemum
Also known by its scientific name Chrysanthemum morifolium, the chrysanthemum plant is notable for having edible flowers. It can be used to make tea and add flavor to rice wine.

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Chinese hibiscus Can you identify the aptly named edible flower in this picture?
Chinese hibiscus
The Chinese hibiscus plant is also known by the scientific name Hibiscus rosa-sinensis and it also notably has edible flowers. In addition to their medicinal uses in traditional Chinese medicine, it is also used in salads in the Pacific Islands.
Tulip
Sacred earflower
Bergamot

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Geranium Which pretty and useful flower is in this image?
Marshmallow plant
Signet marigold
Geranium
Also known by its scientific name Pelargonium, the geranium plant is notable for having edible flowers. While the flower has some uses in herbal medicine, it is far more popularly used for ornamental purposes.
Common daisy

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Rosemary Can you identify this flavorful and filling flower?
Rosemary
The rosemary plant is also known by the scientific name Rosmarinus officinalis and it also notably has edible flowers. However, in the culinary world, the leaves are more widely used – flavoring certain foods and also in stuffing for meats.
Chives
American elderberry
Sunflower

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Cornflower What is the name of the vibrantly colored flower in this image?
Lilac
Chicory
Cornflower
Also known by its scientific name Centaurea cyanus, the cornflower plant is notable for having edible flowers. These flowers are often just used to add variety to salads or decorate other foods.
Lavender

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