Can You Identify These Summer Flowers?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

People love the summer for a host of reasons, and even though this one may be far down on the list, we get to see some of the most beautiful flowers of the year during these short three months. But do you pay more attention to the ice cream and the summer bodies than you do the flowers? It's time to test your summer flowers knowledge with this quiz. 

Summer is undoubtedly the brightest season of the year; just about everything is bright! The sun, the beach shorts, the food and yes, the flowers. And while you may think that because summer is easy breezy, that this quiz might be, too, then you have another thing coming. Of course we've put the favorites like lavenders, sunflowers and marigolds, we also have some flowers you may have never heard of like the zinnia, kangaroo paw, yarrow and scarlet sage. 

Whether you have to make an educated guess by ruling out all the wrong options, or whether you're playing eeny meenie miny mo, all we're concerned with is your score by the end of the quiz. So come prove to us that you know your flowers (whether it's by luck or chance) with this summer flowers quiz. 

Lavender, which appears in the early summer and lasts for 4 to 6 weeks, is a fragrant herb which is used to make lavender essential oil.

The sunflower is a tall plant which is easily recognized by its large, yellow flower head surrounding a darker-colored flower disk.

Baby's breath is a classic herb which produces clusters of small, delicate flowers, typically white.

Calla lilies, which comes in shades of yellow, orange, green, pink and purple, are identified by their trumpet-shaped petal with a style in the middle.

Fuchsia, also called lady's eardrop, are known for their deep reddish-purple colored or white petals, which may be tubular to bell-shaped.

Hydrangea, of which there are 23 species, is a genus of climbing or erect woody shrubs with ball-like clusters of flowers.

Chrysanthemums are a genus of ornamental plants characterized by their large flower heads, which come in a variety of colors.

Iris is the common name for a plant genus containing 300 species, the most popular being the common garden iris.

Carnation, also known as grenadine or clove pink, is a widely grown herbaceous plant which is noted for its fringe-petaled flowers.

Gladiolus is a genus of the iris family which is indigenous to the Mediterranean area, Europe and Africa.

Marigold is the common name for any species of the genus Tagetes which, like its name suggests, come in shades of red, orange and yellow.

Bird-of-paradise, also known as the crane flower, is an ornamental plant noted for its pointed, bright orange and blue flowers.

Hibiscus is a large, trumpet-shaped flower formed with five or more petals, with colors ranging from white, pink, red, purple, orange, yellow or peach.

Gardenias, which may be solitary or appear in small clusters, are creamy-white flowers with an intoxicating fragrance and shiny, dark green leaves.

Dahlia, which comes in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, is a member of the Aster family, along with sunflowers and daisies.

Heathers, also known as Scotch heather or ling, is an evergreen branching shrub with white, pink, purple or mauve colored flowers.

Heliconias are bright red, orange and yellow flowers which are typically found near forest clearings and river banks.

Plumeria, also called frangipani, are small, multi-colored ornamental flowers which come in a variety of colors.

Delphiniums, which are popular in cottage-style gardens, are identified by their small, brightly colored petals of blue, pink, purple or white.

Begonias, of which there are several variants, are two-toned colored flowers which appear in shades of pink, rose, salmon, apricot, scarlet or yellow.

Periwinkle is the common name for any of the plants of the genus Vinca which are known for their small, pale blue flowers.

Lilac, which is known for its warm, spicy scent, is a typically purple but also comes in several other shades.

Bougainvillea is a genus made up of 18 shrubs, small trees and vines with small flowers, usually magenta.

Also called starworts, asters are known for their star-like shape and colorful petals (lavender, purple, pink, red, blue or white) and yellow centers.

Cosmos is a genus of garden plants which produces small flowers with a yellow center surrounded by pink, purple, red or white petals.

Foxgloves are poisonous, herbaceous plants which are easily recognized by their trumpet-shaped flowers.

Zinnia, native to North America, is a genus of perennial herbs and shrubs known for their small, multi-colored flowers.

Freesia, native to South Africa, is a member of the iris family which produces bell-like, lemon-scented flowers in hues of yellow, white, blue and orange.

Salvia is a genus of the mint family with nearly 960 species which produces brightly pigmented flowers.

Stargazer, also known as Lilium Orientalis, is a hybrid lily which is characterized by its bright pink and white coloration.

Amaranths are annual or short-lived perennials which are known for their droopy, reddish-magenta pigmented flowers.

Canna lily is a perennial plant known for its large, red, orange or yellow flowers which resemble lilies.

Purple coneflowers, indigenous to North America, are identified by their light purple flowers and brown center.

Alliums are a genus of garlic- or onion-scented herbs which are easily recognized by their spherical flower clusters.

Shrub roses, native to the Northern hemisphere, are best known for their fragrance and wide variation of colors.

Kangaroo paw, which ranges in color from yellow to emerald green, is the common name for several species within the Anigozanthos genus.

Monkshood are poisonous, perennial herbs of the buttercup family with blue or purple hood-shaped flowers.

Yarrows, native to the North Temperate Zone, are perennial herbs known for their small and clustered yellow, white or pink flowers.

Cockscomb, a species of the amaranth family, is a common garden plant which produces white, yellow, orange, red and purple flowers.

As its name suggests, scarlet sage comes in a bright shade of red as well as white, pink, salmon, orange, lavender, purple and burgundy.

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