Can You Identify These Flowers That Grow From Bulbs?

By: Tasha Moore
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Can You Identify These Flowers That Grow From Bulbs?
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About This Quiz

Are you able to identify a bulbous flower on sight? Prove your horticultural wit with this rewarding garden quiz. Let our gorgeous images prompt your exact bulb labels! 

Bulbs contain a plant's genetic material. Specific conditions can either trigger them to grow on to become blooms or cause them to be damaged and worthless. Sometimes we think that flowers do not bloom because we've given them too much or too little water or sunlight, but damaged bulbs could also be the reason. When selecting bulbs to plant, make sure you understand which bulbs hold up the best, because you never know where those bulbs have been and how they were stored. Don't be afraid to ask your local seller time, temperature and source-of-origin questions.

In our eagerness to see buds and blossoms, we sometimes over-water our plants or expose them to too much sun. Certain plants thrive best with little care or pruning, so it's good to know when to ease up on that tender loving care. Wise flower growers also know that there is an art to planting bulbs. Our quiz suggests tips for distancing and selecting the best pairings. Some flowers prefer crowded growth environments, while other plants perform better in spacious spaces.

Lend your flower identification skills and match labels to the following virtual garden of flowers!

19 Crocus Can you identify this flower that often pushes through snow?
Lily martagon
Crocus
Crocuses emerge from the ground early in the year; you'll notice these flowers pushing through the snow. The plant yields copious amounts of pollen and nectar, so bees love them. Expect three to four blossoms from one large bulb.
Dutch hyacinth
Amaryllis

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Daffodil Can you guess this flower that grows from a bulb?
Baby's toes
Philippine ground orchid
Spring starflower
Daffodil
Squirrels tend to leave daffodil bulbs alone, and you won't need to divide them for many years, as they tend to stay in place for long periods. The bulbs proliferate underground to form a large mass.

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Dahlia The bulbs of this flower require special care during winter months. Do you know what they're called?
Species tulip
Dahlia
It's a good idea to save your dahlia bulbs during freezing winters by digging them up and stowing them for springtime. However, covering your flowerbeds with grass trimmings for insulation may also protect the bulbs during the coldest weather months.
Siberian squill
Peruvian lily

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Tulip These blossom bulbs were pricey in the past. What is the flower?
Tulip
Today, you can purchase tulip bulbs for mere change, but several centuries ago, tulip bulbs were reserved just for aristocrats, as they were highly valued. In the mid-1600s, the Dutch were virtually obsessed with cultivating, purchasing and selling the bulbs.
Snowdrop
Wild hyacinth
Argentine rain lily

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Nerine Can you quickly give the name of this perennial?
Species tulip
Nerine
The perennial nerine (Nerine sarniensis) typically blooms in autumn and is native to South Africa. Cultivars of the late-flowering bulb are divided into three groups: evergreen, winter growing and summer growing.
Spanish bluebell
Persian lily

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Checkered lilies Small bulbs pack a patterned punch of color. Can you name this bloom?
Dahlia
Checkered lilies
Checkered lilies have smaller-than-average bulbs. The flower blooms up to approximately 12 inches and sprouts checkered or similarly-patterned flower bells. For best results, plant these bulbs 3 to 4 inches apart from each other.
Begonia
Snowdrop

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Sternbergia Which bulbous blossom has a strong presence in the southern United States?
Argentine rain lily
Jacinthe romaine
Sternbergia
Sternbergia blooms deep-yellow flowers in the fall. The bulb has been nicknamed "winter daffodil of the South," as the flower thrives in Southern climates. It's also been dubbed "fall daffodil."
Cyclamen coum

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Spanish bluebell Is it a challenge for you to choose the correct answer?
Iris
Mountain death camas
Spanish bluebell
Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) bulbs measure 12 centimeters in size. To guarantee substantial root proliferation, try potting the bulb in drained potting mix and placing it in cool shade for roughly 12 weeks. Then set it in a cool environment and expose the flowering bud to indirect sunlight.
Begonia

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Gladiolus callianthus Murielae The ________ was retrieved from Ethiopia.
Violet wood sorrel
Gladiolus callianthus Murielae
Also known as Abyssinian sword-lilies, gladiolus Murielae are fragrant flowers. The bulbs originate from the mountains of Ethiopia and were first retrieved from there in 1844. Expect elegantly arched stems from your blooms.
Crinum lily
Crocus

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Grape hyacinths Which plant yields plenty in spring?
Grape hyacinths
Don't let the small "minor" bulb of the grape hyacinth fool you. The bulb sprouts an abundance of blossoms every spring. Hyancinth bulbs are native to Greece, Anatolia and North Africa.
Snowdrop
Winter aconite
Cyclamen hederifolium

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Begonia Don't drown this bulb. Do you know its name?
Nerine
Begonia
Begonia grows from bulbous tubers planted in the springtime. The large plants produce flowers that grow to 5 inches in diameter. People tend to over-water begonias, so make sure to leave already damp blooms alone.
Dutch hyacinth
Nun's cap orchid

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Peruvian Lily How well do you know this amaryllis relative?
Sternbergia
Grecian windflower
Peruvian lily
The Peruvian lily, also called lily of the Incas, is native to South America and kindred to the amaryllis. Plant these bulbs 1 foot apart and 6 inches deep in drained soil. Retrieve the bulbs before first frost and store them during the winter months.
Spanish bluebell

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Snowdrop Pick the name of this flower that's native to Europe.
Iris
Snowdrop
Common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) and giant snowdrop (G. elwesii) sprout early and grow natively across much of Europe. More modern cultivars of snowdrop have a tendency to clump.
English bluebell
Marvel of Peru

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Siberian Squill This bulb thrives under cover. What is it?
Jacinthe romaine
Argentine rain lily
Siberian squill
Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) is a perfect shade plant that blossoms at the end of March. The bulb grows well when covered by towering bushes and trees. This reliable spring-blooming blue flower plant spreads quickly.
Snowdrop

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Winter aconite Can you identify this plant that can endure a shock of cold?
Lily
Amaryllis
Wild hyacinth
Winter aconite
Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) can withstand a reasonable amount of frost even after flowering. The bulb's 2- to 3-inch flowers poke through as early as February and look like buttercups.

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Chinese ground orchid Get well rewarded in summer and fall with ________.
White fawn lily
Dutch iris
Society garlic
Chinese ground orchid
For summer and fall blooms, plant Chinese ground orchid (Bletilla striata) bulbs in the early spring. Protect the plant from winter frost by mulching with several inches of compost material.

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Species Wild Tulip It's also called "wild." What's a more official name?
Species tulip
Species tulips are sometimes referred to as botanicals or wild tulips. These plants are ideal for planting in rocky spaces. Bulb varieties sprout at various times, from early spring to mid-season to late spring.
Gladiolus murielae
Cyclamen coum
Dahlia

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Aztec lily Do its South American roots provide enough of a hint?
Peruvian daffodil
Begonia
English bluebell
Aztec lily
Member of the amaryllis family, Aztec lily (Sprekelia formosissima) is native to Mexico, South and Central America. Red flowers are quick to sprout and resemble orchids. For best results, give bulbs water in small quantities until buds appear.

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Spring starflower This bulb will yield flowers all through March. Can you offer the correct guess?
Cusick's quamash
Wild hyacinth
Spring starflower
The spring starflower (Ipheion uniflorum) grows 6 to 12 inches tall. The lilac-blue blossoms are especially prevalent in gardens of the southern United States. You'll notice these bulbs will sprout all through March.
Sternbergia

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Society garlic Parts of the ________ are suitable for human consumption.
Society garlic
Society garlic should be brought indoors for the winter, as the bulbs do not endure frost well. The flower resembles lily of the Nile. As the name implies, the bulbs sprout shoots, leaves and flowers that are great garlic substitutes for meals.
Mountain death camas
Nerine
Snowdrop

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Nun's cap orchid Can you quickly guess this tropical flower?
Crocus
Nun's cap orchid
Tropical nun's cap orchid (Phaius tankervilleae) is native to Australia and eastern Asia and is occasionally found in Japan. The flower is not grown as frequently as other orchids because the bulbs are difficult to store.
Dahlia
Nerine

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Peruvian daffodil Ismene narcissiflora No leaves are no problem for this species. Are you confident that you know its name?
Peruvian daffodil
Most Peruvian daffodil bulbs sprout white flowers. The sulfur green variety is a yellowish color. The flower grows at the start of summer with leafless stems that can reach as high as 30 inches.
Turkestan onion
Begonia
Crocus

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Golden Garlic Allium moly Which bulb springs during springtime?
Wild hyacinth
Golden garlic
Look for loose stem clumps that form up beyond the base foliage with golden garlic. Blooms appear in the middle of springtime, with subsequent growth occurring until the end of spring.
Nerine
Begonia

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Dutch iris You'll often find this plant in a refined state at the flower market. Do you know what it is?
Snowdrop
Cyclamen coum
Dutch iris
Dutch iris bulbs are cultivated primarily as cut blooms. The deep blue Wedgewood variety is the most popular Dutch iris, and a yellow type also exists. The plant blossoms at the start of spring.
Nerine

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Grecian windflower Bulbs of this species sprout assorted shades. Do you know what it's called?
Grecian windflower
The daisy-like Grecian windflower (Anemone blanda) comes in white, purple, pink, red and blue are varieties. Expect the bulbs to bloom as high as 8 inches. For best results, place bulbs 4 inches apart in well-drained soil and expose in partial shade.
Argentine rain lily
Jacinthe romaine
Nerine

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Pagoda trout lily The ______ loves to grow in the woods and under shrubs.
Violet wood sorrel
Turkestan onion
Nerine
Pagoda trout lily
The Pagoda trout lily (Erythronium Pagoda) prefers partially shaded growing environments. Plant the bulbs 3 inches deep in well-drained soil and make sure that the pointy end of the bulb is planted upright.

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red and white amaryllis Big means bigger blossoms with this bulb. What's it called?
Snowdrop
Winter aconite
Amaryllis
The larger your amaryllis bulb, the more lily-shaped blooms it will produce. The bulbs increase in size every season. Proceed with caution when purchasing bulbs; select firm tubers to avoid the possibility of damage from rot or poor storage.
Nuttall's deathcamas

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Marvel of Peru One of its common names may tell you the time. What is this flower's formal name?
Iris
Marvel of Peru
Perennial "four o'clock flowers," Marvel of Peru (Mirablis jalapa) are popular in England and arrived in the country in the 16th century. The citrus-smelling, late-afternoon-blossoming flowers are easy to cultivate.
Cyclamen coum
Sternbergia

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Argentine rain lily Try to guess this low-maintenance breed's name.
Cusick's quamash
Wild hyacinth
Argentine rain lily
Argentine rain lily (Zephyranthes candida) bulbs bloom clusters of shiny leaves. The plant sprouts 1 foot tall, prefers to grow in full and partial shade environments and requires little to no pruning.
Crocus

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Turkestan onion Expect arched leaves from this variety. Can you guess its name?
Jacinthe romaine
Turkestan onion
The short-growing, globe-shaped perennial Turkestan onion (Allium karataviense) blooms to 10 inches in height with two wide, curvy leaves. Expect this plant to show up at the end of winter.
Mountain death camas
White fawn lily

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Violet wood sorrel It likes the company of trees. Quickly guess its name.
Sternbergia
Violet wood sorrel
Violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea) bulbs bloom clover-like leaves. The fragile plants flourish in woodsy environments. Expect to see five flower petals per stem rise above the leaves.
Cyclamen hederifolium
Marvel of Peru

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Grand crinum lily The name may be "poison," but it's a fragrant species. Are you sure of the answer?
Grand crinum lily
The fragrant grand crinum lily (Crinum asiaticum), commonly known as poison bulb, sprouts on a 3- to 4-foot stem. The stalks yield at least 20 spider-like flowers and require wide spacing.
English bluebell
Wild hyacinth
Begonia

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Baboon flower Apparently, these bulbs taste delicious to one creature in particular. What is the name of this variety?
Baby's toes
Dutch iris
Baboon flower
Baboons are said to consume the swollen underground stems of the baboon flowers (Babiana rubrocyanea) of South Africa. Expect to see firm cyan and magenta blossoms in the spring season.
Golden garlic

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Rain lily These flowers get happy when it pours. Can you name them?
Rain lily
The easy-to-cultivate rain lilies (genus Zephyranthes) sprout from bulbs that bloom when it rains. There are many varieties of this plant, which prefers crowded growth environments and well-drained soil.
Begonia
Snowdrop
Society garlic

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Cowhorn cigar orchid The bulbs are large and the stems are somewhat curvy. Can you ID this plant?
Society garlic
Cowhorn/cigar orchid
The foot-long bulbs of the cowhorn/cigar orchid (Cyrtopodium punctatum) can grow beyond 2 feet in length. From March until May, look for blossoms that bloom on branched, partially arching stems.
Winter aconite
Spring starflower

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Oxalis versicolor It's one of plenty in its genus. Do you know this one specifically?
Snowdrop
Society garlic
Philippine ground orchid
Oxalis versicolor
There exist close to 850 species of oxalis. Oxalis versicolor is the bulb variety that tends to bloom for six weeks or longer. These bulbs prefer well-drained soil, so monitor their blooming performance and water accordingly.

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Fire lily Can you name this native African flower?
Nerine
Sternbergia
Fire lily
The semi-arching leaves of the South African fire lily (Cyrtanthus mackenii) grow up to 12 inches long. Expect to see the fragrant flowers blossom at the end of fall and during winter in warmer climates.
Crocus

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Nun's orchid Winter is a tricky time for this interesting bud. What is its exact name?
Golden garlic
Society garlic
Dutch hyacinth
Nun's orchid
The low-maintenance nun's orchid is so named because of the nun-figure shape inside every flower. These bulbs prefer moist soil and partial sun. Be sure to protect them with a substantial layer of mulch for the winter months.

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Dutch hyacinth Handle the versatile ________ with care.
Dutch hyacinth
The plump Dutch hyacinth bulbs are good in gardens as well as potted soil environments. The larger bulbs produce large blossoms that can sprout from 6 to 10 inches in height. Store these bulbs tightly enclosed in a refrigerator away from other produce.
Grecian windflower
Marvel of Peru
White fawn lily

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Lilium martagon Gauge your shade depending on how you want the stems to grow. What flower is this?
Martagon lily
The Lilium martagon species is native to central Asia and Europe. Expect downward-facing flowers that prefer partial shade. Normally, the flowers stand erect, but they will bend towards the sunlight when in too much shade.
Snowdrop
Winter aconite
Crocus

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