Can You Identify These Edible Flowers From Just One Image?

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Jacqueline Samaroo

6 Min Quiz

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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.

This is a picture of which aromatic flower?

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.

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Which boldly colored flower is showcased in this picture?

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.

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This is a captivating image of which flower?

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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Which breathtaking edible flower is showcased in this photo?

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.

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Do you know the name of the eye-catching flower in this photo?

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).

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Which exquisite edible flower is shown here?

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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Can you identify this sophisticated flower?

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.

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What is the name of the expressive edible flower in this photo?

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.

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Can you identify the unforgettable flower in this image?

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.

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Which hearty edible flower is in this picture?

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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Do you know the name of the treasured flower in this picture?

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.

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Which enchanting edible flower is in this photo?

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.

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Can you identify the ravishing flower in this picture?

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.

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Which simple yet striking flower is in this image?

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.

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Do you know the name of the blossoming flower in this image?

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.

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Can you identify the visually stimulating flower in this photo?

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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What is the name of the traditional edible flower in this image?

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.

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Do you know the name of this expressive flower?

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.

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What is the name of the fragrant flower in this picture?

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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Which petite edible flower is showcased here?

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.

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Can you correctly name this sensational edible flower?

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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Which grandiose flower is showcased in this image?

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.

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This is a photo of which simplistic yet majestic flower?

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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Do you recognize this silky edible flower?

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.

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This is a picture of which cute and petite flower?

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.

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Which sweetly named flower is showcased in this picture?

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.

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This is an image of which charming edible flower?

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.

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Which colorful flower is showcased in this photo?

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.

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Do you know the name of the celestial flower in this photo?

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.

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Which petite and simple edible flower is shown here?

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.

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What is the name of the richly colored flower in this photo?

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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Can you identify the sweet smelling flower in this image?

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.

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Which contemporary ornamental flower is in this picture?

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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Do you know the name of the medicinal edible flower in this picture?

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.

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Which complexly named flower is in this photo?

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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Can you identify the aptly named edible flower in this picture?

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.

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Which pretty and useful flower is in this image?

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.

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Can you identify this flavorful and filling flower?

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.

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What is the name of the vibrantly colored flower in this image?

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.

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