The Flower Identification Quiz

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

Flowers are one of the things that we humans cannot explain. Meaning, they were here long before us and some of them will be, here long after we're gone. While humans have stepped up and created a few of their own, there's nothing manmade about the way these plants makes us feel. From conveying love with the popular rose to happiness with a gigantic sunflower, these plants are one of the best gifts we have on this planet. But how well do you know them? Are you well-versed enough to tell us their names if we showed you pictures?

Sure, it's easy to name a rose, carnation, and lily, but what about the more difficult flowers like the aster, the winter jasmine, and the protea. Some unappetizingly-named flowers like the spiderwort, witch hazel, and monkshood may not even be on your radar. But they are in this quiz. It's up to you to use our questions, hints, and your knowledge of these brightly-colored plants to try to ace this quiz.

Could you really name all the flowers in this quiz correctly? Let's find out! 

This flowering plant is a member of the genus Paeonia and is recognized by its bowl-shaped flowers. It is native to North America, Europe and Asia and has about 40 different species.

The snowdrop is a small but bulbous plant with white, dome-shaped flowers. This spring flower is known as "Galanthus," which means "milk flower" in English.

The carnation flower is known for its fringed petals and the slim leaves of its plant. This herbaceous plant is also called clove pink or grenadine and it is indigenous to Eurasia.

The ginger flower is endemic to the rainforests of India and its root is often used as a spice. This flower is grown from a rhizome and can be yellow or purple.

Spiderworts, scientifically known as Tradescantia, are wide flowers measuring about 1 to 3 inches. They also have three round petals of various colors, such as white, pink, blue and deep blue-violet.

Bird of paradise is a tropical flower that often serves as an ornamental plant. It is also known as the crane flower and is recognized by its pointy flowers of bright orange and blue.

The Hollyberry is a popular Christmas symbol and is often used during this season for wreaths and other adornments. Hollyberry is the last genus of the Aquifoliaceae family.

Gerbera is often called the African daisy and is a member of this family. It is a popular flower and legend has it, that it is named after Traugott Gerbera, a German botanist.

Dahlia is a beautiful flower that grows in different sizes, shapes and colors. Similar to daisies and sunflowers, it is a member of the Aster family and the national flower of Seattle, USA.

Freesia is a part of the Iris family and is also endemic to South Africa. Its flowers are lemon-scented and shaped like a bell and can be found in orange, yellow, white and blue.

Lilac is a flower of the Oleaceae family that is noted for its pleasant scent. It is often purple but has been found in other hues, such as magenta, blue and white.

The Star of Bethlehem is a flower that is sometimes regarded as "the florist's nightmare" due to the fact that it grows just about anywhere it can. Its scientific name is Ornigothalum.

Statice can be found in batches of small violet flowers, which may, upon maturity, turn white. They were initially grown in meadows but are often used in dried flower arrangements.

Turtlehead is named after the head of its flowers which resembles a turtle's head. This wildflower grows in thick spikes of purple, pink and white flowers with yellow streaks in some.

Stargazers are flowers found in fascinating hues of bright pink and white. This hybrid lily is also called Lilium Orientalis and is a perennial that requires minimal care.

Purple coneflowers are light purple with brown in the middle. They are native to North America, such as the wooded areas and prairies of the southeastern USA.

Roses are a very popular flower that have more than 100 species. They are highly sought for their lovely aroma and the vast array of colors into which they blossom.

Heather is an evergreen shrub that brings forth an assortment of flowers. These shrubs usually grow in Europe and, though they are often found in shades of purple, they can also be white, red and pink.

Sunflowers have a large yellow head. This tall plant sticks true to its name and requires at least six to eight hours of sunlight each day.

Fuchsia are delicate, exotic tubular/bell-shaped flowers that are also known as Lady's Eardrop. These versatile flowers are noted for their white or vivid reddish-purple petals.

Marigolds are the shared name for the species of the Tagetes family to which the sunflower also belongs. They are found in many colors, such as yellow, red, and orange and may be produced in clusters.

Protea is more or less a flower bush that is also known as "sugarbushes." This flower, which is found in South Africa, has bowl-shaped flower heads and is said to epitomize hope.

This small plant is noted for its silver-like leaves and flowers that are purple, long and slender. Leadplant is native to Ontario, Canada, and can be found in Montana in the US.

English or common primrose are the most popularly known primrose flowers. They are endemic to Africa, Asia and Europe. The common primrose is pale yellow.

Lilies, scientifically known as Lillium, are popular flowers used to signify love, innocence and purity. Lilies have "trumpet"-like flowers of orange, white, pink, red, and yellow.

The sweet pea has been grown since Victorian times. It is known for its aroma and is also known as the climbing plant because the pea entangles itself around plants and other structures as it grows.

Winter Heath or Erica Carnea, is a pink flower that eventually becomes a dark purple as time goes by. It is native to the Alps in Central Europe and can be found in woodlands and open fields.

The Paper Daisy has stratified petals of colors such as orange, white and pink, with yellow centers filled with pollen. Paper Daisies are the most common type of daisy and they flower during Summer.

Daphne is a flowering plant with radiant berries and scented petals. These ornamental plants produce flowers that are poisonous to humans and animals alike, causing pain and irritation.

Tulips can be easily recognized by their large petals that are often brightly colored and cup-shaped. Tulips are widely grown and are part of the Liliaceae (lily) family.

The 33-foot deciduous tree, also known as Cornus Florida, produces the dogwood flower. The flowers, which are a symbol of Christianity, are white with greenish-yellowish bracts in the middle.

Monkshood, also known as wolfsbane or aconite, are flowers of purple, yellow, white, blue and pink. These ornamental flowers are very poisonous and should not be held without gloves.

Anise Hyssop is a member of the mint family of Lamiaceae. The plant is noted for its wide, oval-shaped and faded green leaves and small, fragrant lavender flowers.

This well-known flower is popular is many gardens and is commonly produced in yellow and white. Daffodils are trumpet-shaped flowers that are also called jonquils and narcissus.

Witch hazels are flowering plants that were once used as medicine by Native Americans. They produce a bevy of slender petals of red and yellow and are called the "winter bloom" in North America.

Asters are also known as starworts, Michaelmas daisies, and frost flowers. These brightly colored, star-shaped flowers add radiance to any garden during summer and late autumn.

Winter jasmine is native to China. Scientifically known as Jasminum nudiflorum, this flowering shrub has white or yellow flowers, is deciduous (flowers falls off at maturity), and best suited to warm climates.

Garden mums, also known as hardy mums, are often cultivated in gardens and used for landscaping. This is due to their variety of brightly colored flowers that grow in thick bundles.

Rhododendron is a combination of Greek words which mean "rose tree" in English. The name refers to more than 1,000 variations of woody plants. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal.

Camelia is a flowering plant that is generally found in many parts of Asia. It is the state flower of Alabama and the leaves of the plant are often used to make oil and tea.

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