The Ultimate Flower Identification Quiz

Kennita Leon

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About This Quiz

Flowers are some of the most beautiful living things in the world, even though some of them can be quite dangerous. But we're not here to talk about the potential threats that flowers pose; we're just here to test how many of them you can correctly identify based on a picture. Do you have what it takes to pass the ultimate flower identification quiz?

We're going to show you flowers from all over the world. Some of them are popular, like rose, gerbera, peony and lavender, but some, like acacia, statice, pepperberry and cosmos, aren't that well-known to the average person. But because we think you may have the chops to identify them all, we're bringing this flower challenge to you today. We want you to take a look at their petals and then use the hints in our questions and the hints available when you get stumped to match these flowers to their names. 

If you can do this enough times to get the majority of our questions correct, we'll be really impressed! So, if you want to get started showing us what you know about flowers, take this quiz. 

This tropical flower is also called the crane flower. What's the more common name for it?

Bird-of-paradise, also known as the crane flower, is a tropical plant commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant. Native to South Africa, this perennial plant is identified by its pointy petals of blue and bright orange.

What is this flower, also known as "lady's ear drops," called?

Fuchsia, nicknamed lady's ear drops, is an exotic and delicate plant with a tubular/bell-shaped flowers. It's a versatile flower species that typically comes in white or a vivid reddish-purple hue.

What's this summer and fall flower, which is also known as starworts?

Asters are colorful, star-shaped flowers which bloom during the summer and fall, adding radiance to any garden. The flower is known by many names, including starworts, frost flowers and Michaelmas daisies.

Which flower pictured here symbolizes innocence and purity?

Lilies, known by their scientific name Lilium, are flowers with a trumpet shape in hues of white, yellow, orange, pink and red. This popular flower is associated with innocence, purity and love.

What's the name of this flower, which happens to be a member of the aster family?

The dahlia, along with sunflowers and daisies, is a member of the Aster family, of which there are 42 known species. It's an elegant flower that comes in many shapes and colors, including pink, orange, red, lavender and purple.

Do you know the name of this perennial and member of the lilac family?

The tulip is a widely cultivated, perennial herbaceous plants and a member of the Liliaceae family. Tulips are known for their large, brightly colored flowers, usually in warm tones such as white, yellow, pink and red.

It's the (mostly) universal flower of love! What's the name of the flower pictured here?

Roses, of which there are over 100 species, are highly sought flowers renowned for their pleasant scents and variety of colors. The white rose is a traditional wedding flower and was originally used as a symbol of true love.

Do you know the name of this misleading flower, which blooms in warm weather and is native to China?

Winter jasmine, indigenous to China, is a deciduous, flowering shrub with white or yellow flowers. It's best suited for warm climates, though its blossoms peak right after winter, hence its name.

What's the more common name of the ornamental onion shown here?

Allium, also known as ornamental onion, is a genus of flowering plants of which there are hundreds of species. They're known for their flowers, which may be purple, white or green and grow in small to large round clusters.

This flower's scientific name is Cercis canadensis. But what's it's common name?

Redbud, scientifically referred to as Cercis canadensis, is a small tree indigenous to North America and is the state tree of Oklahoma. The tree produces small, bi-colored flowers in hues of pink and purple.

This flower is native to the Great Smokey Mountains. What's its name?

Yellow trillium is a small flowering plant native to the Great Smoky Mountains of the United States. This plant grows up to 14 inches in height and bears a small yellow flower over three large leaves.

What's the more common name given to this flower known as amsonia?

Bluestar, scientifically known as amsonia, is an indigenous North American plant. It's commonly referred to as bluestar because of its its star-shaped blue flowers that grow in small clusters.

While it's known to many as antirrhinum, what's the other name of this flowering plant?

Snapdragon, of the genus antirrhinum, is the common name for flowering plants native to the Rocky regions of North Africa, Europe and the United States. It earned its name due to the flower's resemblance to a dragon's head.

This flower's name translates to "rose tree." What is it?

Rhododendron, which translates as "rose tree" from Ancient Greek, is the common name for a genus of woody plants, of which there are over 1,000 species. It's found in Asia and the Appalachian Mountains of North America.

It's commonly called the Easter tree, but do you know the other name of this flower?

Forsythia, also called the Easter tree, is a deciduous shrub with 11 species, ten of which are native to eastern Asia and one to southeastern Europe. It's identified by its small, star-shaped flowers which grow on spikes.

What's this flower, a member of the Rosaceae family, called?

Spiraea is a member of the Rosaceae family, which is found in temperate northern regions. The flowers are small and brightly colored and were used by the Native Americans to draw tea.

The scientific name is "dietes", but what is the common name of this flower?

African iris is one of the common names used to refer to the Dietes genus of the Iridaceae family. This flower is easily recognized by its white petals decorated with purplish-blue and yellow markings.

This flower is also known as wolfsbane and the queen of poisons. Can you tell us which name below is also one of its titles?

Monkshood is a genus within the Ranunculaceae family, which is composed of over 250 species. This toxic plant is known by many names, including blue rocket, mousebane, queen of poisons, leopard's helmet, wolf's bane and devil's helmet.

This flower is known as the equinox flower and known for being toxic. What's the common name?

The red spider lily is a species of the Amaryllis family commonly referred to as the red magic lily or the equinox flower. It's a very toxic flower with bright red petals that fade into a deep pink over the course of a week.

What's the name of this lemon-scented flower?

Freesia is a genus of perennial flowering plants within the Iridaceae family. Native to South Africa, they are characterized by their lemon-scented, tubular-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, orange, white, purple or pink.

This plant's flowers grow on spikes. Do you know its name?

Freesia is a genus of perennial flowering plants within heIris family. Native to South Africa, they are characterized by their lemon-scented, tubular-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, orange, white, purple, or pink.

What's the name of this tender perennial usually used in landscaping?

Garden mums, also known as hardy mums, are brightly colored flowers commonly used in landscaping. Garden mums are tender perennials which bloom during fall in two-tone or monotone colors.

The formal name of this flower is "chelone." What is its common name?

Turtlehead, or the genus Chelone, is the common name for four species of perennial herbaceous plants. Native to eastern North America, they're known for their hooded flowers which vary in color from pink to purple and white to red.

This flower has the name of one of the most popular U.S. states in it. What is it called?

The New York daisy is a species of the Symphyotrichum genus within the Asteraceae family. The flowers range from small to large with colorful petals in hues of pink, scarlet, deep red, orange and yellow.

What is this flower, which is used as an ornamental flower in bouquets and named after the gulps of an infant, called?

Baby's breath is the collective name for the species of the genus Gypsophila of the carnation family. It's a herbaceous plant which produces clusters of small, white flowers commonly used as ornamental bouquets.

Over 190 species of this tropical flower exist. What is its name?

Heliconia is a genus flowering plants with 194 known species that are indigenous to the tropical Americas. They're identified by their large and colorful bracts, which surround the plant's small flowers.

This annual, daisy-like flower is part of the Aster family. Can you tell us what it's called?

Cosmos are annual, daisy-like flowers with long, slender stems and small, brightly colored petals. It's a genus within the Asteraceae family and is able to withstand poor soil and drought conditions.

What's this tender, Brazilian perennial called?

Scarlet sage, or tropical sage, is a tender perennial herbaceous plant which grows up to 4.3 feet tall. Native to Brazil, this plant comes in many colors, including red, orange, white, salmon, pink, purple and burgundy.

Which flower is found in Australia and named after one of its most popular animals?

Kangaroo paw is the collective name used for several species in two genera of the Haemodoraceae family. As the name suggests, they're endemic to Australia, specifically to the southwest region of Western Australia, and noted for tubular petals coated with dense hairs.

This is an ornamental flower of which there are many species. Do you know its name?

Bougainvillea is a genus with four to eighteen species of ornamental vines, trees and bushes. They're noted for their colorful, flower-like spring leaves in hues of white, yellow, pink, red or purple.

This flower is known to many as frangipani, but do you know its other common name?

Plumeria, also known as frangipani, is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family. You'll find most types are deciduous shrubs or small trees, and plumeria is native to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Hawaii.

This fragrant flower, whose name is also a color, is used for its oil. What is it's vivid name?

Lavender is a fragrant herbaceous plant that is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant, though it's also used as a culinary herb and for the extraction of lavender essential oil. It's a genus within the mint family Lamiaceae, composed of 47 known species.

There are only two species of this flowering bulb. Do you know what it is?

Amaryllis is a small genus of colorful, flowering bulbs of which there are only two known species. It's indigenous to the Western Cape region of South Africa and is identified by its white, funnel-shaped flowers with crimson veins.

Some call this German flower "second lavender". What's its other name?

Statice, also known as second lavender, is a German genus of 120 species that, despite its name, is not related to lavender or rosemary. It typically grows in clusters of small, violet flowers that turn white when mature.

What's the more common (spicy) name of this flower known as mountain pepper?

The pepperberry, also known as mountain pepper, is a large laurel native to the southeastern region of Australian. It grows up to 40 meters in height and is easily identified by its small, white flowers, red stem and green leaves.

Which member of the buttercup family is this flower, known by the scientific name Eranthus hyemalis?

Winter aconite, scientifically known as Eranthus hyemalis, is a relative of the buttercup family. This flowering plant produces small, yellow flowers and is native to the calcareous woodland regions of the Balkans, France and Italy.

There are twenty species of this decorative yet sometimes poisonous plant. What is it called?

Helleborus, also known as hellebores, is a flowering perennial plant commonly grown worldwide for decorative purposes. It's a Eurasian genus of 20 species, many of which are poisonous.

This flower's name is derived from the Greek word "flames." What is it?

Phlox is a genus composed of 67 annual and perennial plants, 66 of are found in North America while the other is in Siberia. Its name is derived from the Greek word for "flames," and phlox blooms in clusters of white, pink, red, violet or blue.

What's the more formal name of this plant known as wattles?

Acacia, commonly referred to as wattles, thorn tree or mimosa, is a large genus of trees and shrubs which produce small, yellow pom-pom flowers. The genus contains nearly 160 species and is native to Australia and Africa.

While it's known to many as the African daisy, what other name does this flower go by?

Gerbera, known as the African daisy, is a member of the daisy family and derived its name from German botanist and doctor Traugott Gerbera. This large, colorful flower is native to tropical regions in South America, Asia, and Africa.

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