We can all admit that the world would be a lot less bright if there were no flowers in it. So we can be thankful that these beautiful plants exist. And not only do they make places look better, they can also act as gifts that can convey messages from the giver to the receiver. For example, you'd give someone roses if you loved them, while bluebells signify kindness. And this can be further complicated when you add in the different flower colors that are available. All of this is to say that flowers are equally as simple are they are complicated, and we want to see just how much you know about them today.
So we're going to show you some pictures of some of the most beautiful flowers that the planet has to offer and it'll be your job to tell us their names. Do this until the quiz is done so that we can see just how many flowers you really know the names of. By the end of this quiz, we'll see if you could be a botanist's assistant or if you should just stick to giving roses on Valentine's Day.
This tropical flower is found in Asia and the Caribbean. What is it called?
Hibiscus is a large flower with a trumpet-like shape that comes in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, peach, pink, red or white. This genus, which contains several hundred species, is a member of the mallow family, Malvaceae.
Considered to be the most romantic flower in the world, what is this one called?
Rose is a genus comprised of over 100 species which is widely cultivated for its pleasant fragrance and range of colors. Red is one of the most popular colors and is associated with passion, beauty, desire and romantic love.
Poppies are popular ornamental plants that serve both as the source of the drug opium and as the symbol of remembrance of soldiers. It is also used to produce poppy oil, which may be used as salad dressing, cooking oil or as a component of margarine.
A beautiful-smelling flower, can you tell us the name of this type?
Amaryllis is a fragrant, bulbous herb which bears a similar resemblance to lilies and grows in clusters of pink or white. It is known by several names including belladonna lily, Amarillo, naked lady, Jersey lily, Easter lily and March lily.
This flower also happens to be a color. What is its name?
Periwinkle is the collective name for the species of the genus Vinca that is indigenous to Europe, Southwest Asia and northwest Africa. It is primarily known for its pale blue petals which also come in shades of pink, purple, red, white or medium-blue.
Orchid is the common name for a family of widely distributed and diverse colorful flowers comprised of nearly 1,000 genera and over 22,000 species. This flower is usually a bright, rich purple color, but may also be lavender, yellow, pink, red, blue, white or multi-colored.
Known for its look and smell, what is this white/pink flower called?
Native to Asia and the Americas, Magnolia is an ancient genus with approximately 220 species that are believed to have existed before bees. This flower was named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol and is the official state flower of Mississippi and Louisiana.
Indigenous to Mexico and Central America, Dahlia is a genus of bushy, herbaceous, tuberous-rooted herbs comprised of nearly 30 species, six of which are grown for ornamental purposes. They come in shades of white, pink, purple, red, yellow or orange.
A flower that's usually given when grieving, what's the name of this plant?
Chrysanthemum is the common name for a genus of ornamental plants known for their large brightly colored flower heads. Also known as mums, these flowers are native to Asia and northeastern Europe, most of which originate from East Asia.
It looks nothing like the flower in its name. What is it called?
Primrose, native to Africa, Asia and Europe, is the collective name for the genus Primula of which there are between 400 to 690 species. The most popular of this species is the English primrose or common primrose, which has a pale, yellow color.
Freesia, indigenous to South Africa, is a genus of the Iris family characterized by its lemon-scented and bell-shaped flowers. These flowers may be white, yellow, orange, pink, purple, lavender or bi-colored and are said to symbolize friendship and innocence.
These flowers are known for blooming when it's still cold. What would you say its name is?
Winter jasmine, scientifically known as Jasminum nudiflorum, is a slender deciduous shrub endemic to China. In Chinese, it is named Yingchun, meaning "the flower that welcomes spring" due to the flowers blooming right after winter.
Named because of its star shape, what's the name of this flower?
Aster is the common name for a genus of perennials of flowering plants of which there are nearly 180 species. They are nicknamed starworts due to their star-like petals which come in many colors including lavender, purple, pink, red, blue or white.
Scientifically known as syringa, lilac is the collective name for a genus of small trees which grows up to 10 meters. It is commonly cultivated for its small, clustered purple flowers which are used in perfumes, soaps and other cosmetics.
Its flowers are poisonous but they look lovely. What is this flower's name?
Daphne is an ornamental plant which is easily identified by its bright berries and scented poisonous flowers. This genus is native to North Africa, Asia and Europe and is made up of between 70 and 95 species, two of which are used to produce paper.
Of the options, what kind of flower does this look like?
Camellia, the official state flower of Alabama, is a genus of flowering plants comprised of 100 to 300 species and nearly 3,000 hybrids. This flower is naturally found in Asia and is commonly used in the production of tea and oil.
Known for its medicinal properties, what is this flower usually called?
Witch hazel, also referred to as winter bloom in North America, is a species of flowering plants comprised of five species, four which are found in Asia and one in North America. It received its name due to its red- and yellow-colored petals.
This flower is the lovechild of more than one kind of plant. Can you tell us its name?
Pansy is a large, unnatural hybrid flower which is derived from the combined genes of several species of the Viola genus. It is a tricolored flower that is commonly cultivated for its versatility, charm and to add a swath of colors to the garden.
Hydrangea is a genus of climbing or erect woody shrubs made of 70 to 75 species. Native to the Americas and eastern and southern Asia, it is widely cultivated for its ball-like clusters of flowers which may be white, blue pink or purple.
Pink ones symbolize caring. What kind of flower are we talking about here?
Tulips, a member of the Liliaceae family, are widely distributed flowers known for their large, bright petals which form a cup-like shape. They come in a rainbow of colors including white, cream, yellow, orange, purple, maroon, and black.
They look like tiny trumpets but can you tell us their name?
Calla lilies are trumpet-shaped flowers of the Araceae family native to southern Africa, specifically Lesotho, Swaziland, and South Africa. These flowers are available in pink, yellow and white and are associated with cleanliness, virginity and rectitude.
These tiny flowers love water. What name do they go by?
Forget-me-nots are small, charming blue flowers with pink centers that are commonly found near bodies of water. Also known as scorpion grasses, this genus of flowering plants of the Boraginaceae family is also available in pink, lavender or purple.
Bird of paradise, also referred to as the crane flower, is an ornamental plant which is easily recognized by its pointed, brightly colored orange and blue flowers. Native to South Africa, it is a genus of perennial plants of the Strelitziaceae family comprised of five species.
Known as the flower of God, what is the common name of this flower?
Carnation, scientifically known as Dianthus caryophyllus, is a species of colorful flowers which are available in white, pink, light red, dark red, yellow and purple. They are known as "the flowers of God" and are believed to have sprouted from the tears of the Virgin Mary.
Monkshood is a poisonous species of garden ornamentals known for their purple, pink, blue, yellow or white flowers. It is known by several names including aconite, wolfsbane, leopard's bane, mousebane, devil's helmet, women's bane, blue rocket and queen of poisons.
These creamy white flowers smell as good as they look. But what are they called?
Gardenias are creamy, white flowers which may be solitary or appear in small clusters. They are known for their intoxicating fragrance, shiny dark green leaves and are associated with weddings, love, purity and refinement.
Nicknamed the Christmas flower, what is the actual name of this bright red beauty?
Poinsettia, native to Mexico, is a popular Christmas flower with red and green foliage much like holly berries. It is the official birth flower of December and is said to symbolize good cheer, success, and to bring wishes of joy and celebration.
Iris is a genus of the Iridaceae family comprised of between 260 and 300 species. It is commonly found in gardens and is derived from the Greek word for rainbow due to its wide variety of colors including purple, blue, pink, yellow, white, bicolor and tricolors.
Indigenous to Japan, can you match this flower to its name?
Star magnolia, also called the magnolia stellata, is a slow-growing shrub or small tree indigenous to Japan. It is widely cultivated for its clusters of small pink or white flowers which bloom before spring before the leaves unfurl.
Its scientific name is solidago, but what is it more commonly known as?
Goldenrods, scientifically known as Solidago, is a genus of the Asteraceae family made up of between 100-120 species. It is easily distinguished by its brightly-colored clusters of yellow flower heads which alludes to its name.
A flower that's just as bright as its name, what do you think this one is called?
Also known as Helianthus, the sunflower is a genus of 70 species, three of which are indigenous to South America, the others are found in North America. They are known for their long stems and large, yellow flower head which surrounds a darker-colored flower disk.
Holly berry is the only surviving genus of the Aquifoliaceae family that is commonly used in Christmas wreaths and decorations due to its red and green foliage. This genus contains 400 to 600 species of evergreen or deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers.
A sweet-scented flower, can you tell us what this one's name is?
Lily-of-the-valley, native to the Northern Hemisphere or Europe and Asia, is a highly poisonous and sweetly-scented woodland flowering plant. Also known as "Our Lady's Tears" or "May bells" it is known for its small, bell-shaped flowers which hangs from a stalk.
Daffodil, also referred to as jonquils, daffadowndilly or narcissus, is a well-known garden flower which naturally occurs in shades of white and yellow. It has a ring of yellow petals that surround a trumpet-shaped corona.
Also called the African daisy, what's the more common name of this flower?
Gerbera, also referred to as the African daisy, is a member of the daisy family named after German botanist Traugott Gerbera. It comes in a rainbow of colors including red, pink, purple yellow and orange and is native to Africa, Asia and South America.
This one comes in a wide variety of colors. What do you think its name is?
The coneflower is a double flower hybrid of the daisy family that is indigenous to the eastern and central America. These herbaceous flowering plants are available in many colors including white, yellow, orange, mango, pink or purple.
Of the options, what kind of flower does this look like?
Paper daisy is the most common type of daisy which consists of a yellow center surrounded by perfectly layered colorful petals of white, orange or pink. Known as everlastings, these flowers are known for their paper petals and their ability to withstand heat and drought.
A small flower with a yellow color, what do you think this one's name is?
Marigold, which grows up to 3 feet tall, is a member of the Tagetes and Calendula genera that are native to North and South America. They are easily recognized by their golden yellow petals but also available in orange, red and maroon.
This flower shares the name of a bright pink color. What is it called?
Also known as lady's eardrop, fuschia is a tubular to bell-shaped flower known for its white or deep reddish-purple petals. It was discovered between 1696 and 1697 on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola by French botanist Charles Plumier.
Lavender is a fragrant herb which blooms in the early summer and lasts from four to six weeks and is used to produce lavender essential oil. It is the common name for the genus Lavendula which is made up of 47 species.