The Ultimate Flower Quiz

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

The Ultimate Flower Quiz
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About This Quiz

It's time for some flower power! Come and express your love and knowledge of all things floral!

Flowers serve very scientific purposes, including luring bugs, such as bees, to help with the process of pollination. That's an important job, considering that without pollination, there would be no fruits, seeds or new plants!

Flowers also serve another purpose -beautification, and although it is not so scientific, it is a purpose which flower lovers can really appreciate. Colorful buds and blooms have long been used as decorative elements in gardens and indoors. Whether potted or cut, they can brighten a room and the spirits of its occupants.

Some plants bloom year-round but many others are seasonal and in some cases, this has led them to being associated with annual events. Take that brilliantly red flower which is so very popular during the holidays. Do you know what it is called? If you do, then do you also know that it is not REALLY a flower? It and the explanation are in this quiz. So jump in to find out the answer!

There are also those flowers that are significant enough in a region to be singled out for special attention. Some are national flowers and a handful are given this honor by more than one country. Can you guess which any of them are? We put a few of them in this quiz. Go see if you can find them!

If you've sent a bouquet or two, then you might get some of these right. Amateur botanists, however, should flourish with this quiz. There is no blooming time to waste - start the quiz now!

Rose Can you name this flower from the Rosaceae family?
Rose
The Rosaceae family of roses contains more than 100 species. While red roses have long been associated with love, other colors have their own association. These include light pink – grace; peach – modesty; yellow – infidelity; and dark pink – gratitude.
Anemone
Marigold
Peony

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Tulip Which flower, often associated with the Dutch, is shown here?
Gardenia
Hydrangea
Tulip
The Netherlands is currently the world’s largest producer of tulips. The country’s association with tulips began in the 1600s when rare cultivated varieties of tulips from the Netherlands were highly sought after and extremely expensive. This period in European history is now referred to as Tulip Mania or Tulpenwindhandel (Dutch).
Poinsettia

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Daisy Can you name this flower which has more than 20, 000 different species?
Dahlia
Jasmine
Camellia
Daisy
The daisy family of flowers (or Asteraceae) is one of the largest and most widespread around the world. The only other flower which can compare to the daisy, in terms of number of species and distribution, is the orchid family (or Orchidaceae).

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Orchid Which very common flower is shown in this photo?
Apple blossom
Bird-of-paradise
Orchid
Orchids can be found in almost every habitat around the world. Not many people know that vanilla food flavoring is derived from the cured, unripe beans of the vanilla orchid. The three most commonly used species are the Mexican, Tahiti and West Indian vanilla orchids.
Queen Anne’s lace

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Daffodil Can you name this flower which is also called trumpet narcissus?
Daffodil
Golden yellow is the traditional color of the daffodil. Cultivated varieties, however, may have petals and trumpets that are pink, white and orange. The daffodil is native to Europe but can be grown in temperate conditions worldwide.
Magnolia
Lily
Iris

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Sunflower Do you know the solar-inspired name of this flower?
Begonia
Gerbera
Lilac
Sunflower
The sunflower is well-known for the large size of its flower head. It is not uncommon for some species of the sunflower to grow up to 15 feet tall. Each sunflower head produces as many as 1,000 to 2,000 edible sunflower seeds.

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Lotus Can you name this flower, which is also called Egyptian bean?
Hibiscus
Lotus
In many Asian religions, the lotus is used as a symbol of purity and perfection. Many works of art from the region show a strong association between the lotus flower and deities.
Larkspur
Carnation

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Marigold Do you recognize this flower which is named for its shades of yellow?
Marigold
The marigold belongs to the same family of flowers as the sunflower. Its colors are typically solid yellow, orange, gold or white. Some varieties of both natural and selectively bred marigold can have maroon (brownish-red) highlights in their flowers.
Lavender
Rose
Lily of the valley

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Chrysanthemum Which flower whose name means “gold flower” is shown here?
Gladiolus
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums are traditionally yellow, as indicated by their name which translates to “gold flower” in Ancient Greek. But the flowers are now commonly found in an array of colors, including red, white and purple (as seen in the image).
Dandelion
Poppy

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Iris Which flower named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow is this?
Lilac
Gladiolus
Camellia
Iris
Irises are most often blue or purple with a few varieties in pink, orange, yellow or white. The flower shares its name with the Greek rainbow goddess who also served as the messenger of the gods.

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Gardenia Can you name this flower which is closely related to coffee?
Magnolia
Gardenia
Gardenias are well known for their sweetly fragrant white or pale yellow flowers. The leaves are both shiny and leathery while the flowers have a waxy texture. Gardenias can be grown as houseplants but some varieties of its shrub are known to reach between 2 to 12 feet tall.
Peony
Forget-me-not

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Carnation Can you name of this flower which is often associated with Mother’s Day?
Carnation
Carnations can often be seen at special events but are particularly associated with Mother’s Day. In many countries around the world, there is a longstanding tradition of giving carnations as a gift on Mother’s Day.
Poppy
Lavender
Cherry blossom

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Jasmine Do you recognize this flower whose buds are used in scented teas?
Jasmine
Jasmine flowers are typically white or yellow and carry a very pleasant, unique scent. There is a tradition in China to use newly opened jasmine buds to flavor tea leaves. The process can be done with various types of teas to produce jasmine tea.
Poinsettia
Sunflower
Mountain laurel

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Hibiscus Can you name this flower which serves as Hawaii’s state flower?
Snapdragon
Hibiscus
Several species of hibiscus grow on the Hawaiian Islands and the flower has been named the state’s official flower. The hibiscus is popular in many parts of the world, so it is no surprise that it also serves as the national flower of both Malaysia and Haiti.
Apple blossom
Gerbera

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Begonia Do you recognize this flower which comes in many shapes and colors?
Begonia
Some species of the begonia plant are epiphytic. That means they grow on the surface of another plant but are not parasites and do not normally negatively affect the other plant. Color variations of the begonia flower include bright red, white, yellow and pink – all with a bright yellow center.
Dahlia
Daisy
Hydrangea

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Anemone Can you identify this flower whose name means “daughter of the wind”?
Orchid
Queen Anne’s lace
Bird-of-paradise
Anemone
The anemone falls within the buttercup family of plants. The flowers come in a variety of colors, such as red, white, blue and violet. The Greek name for the anemone translates to “windflower” or “daughter of the wind.”

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Lilac Can you name the fragrant flower shown here?
Lotus
Lily of the valley
Lilac
Lilacs come in a variety of colors but the most popular one is the one from which the flower gets its name: lilac – a pinkish purple. Other common colors are purple, white and pink.
Tulip

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Cherry blossom Can you name this flower which is most often associated with Japan?
Cherry blossom
The cherry blossoms’ association with Japan is well known with one variety in particular being referred to as the Japanese cherry (also known as sakura). Cherry blossoms colors range from almost pure white to deep pink. The trees are grown for ornamental purposes and the fruit they produce is not normally edible.
Sweet pea
Dandelion
Daffodil

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Poinsettia Can you name this flower which is often seen at Christmas time?
Chrysanthemum
Larkspur
Iris
Poinsettia
The poinsettia is native to Mexico and named for Joel R. Poinsett, a U.S. diplomat and amateur botanist who served in Mexico. What most people regard as the poinsettia flower are actually specialized leaves (the flowers are in the center and are much smaller). The leaves range in color from red to orange, cream, pink, white and pale green.

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Dandelion Can you identify this flower which is named for a wild feline?
Dandelion
Dandelion gets its name from the Latin words for “lion’s tooth,” which refers to the jagged shape of the dandelion’s leaves. While the plant is quite well known, it is generally regarded as a weed. The dandelion plant is, however, completely edible, very nutritious and has several medicinal benefits.
Gerbera
Anemone
Rose

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Bird-of-paradise Can you identify this flower which is also called the crane flower?
Hibiscus
Forget-me-not
Gladiolus
Bird-of-paradise
The exotic and ornamental bird-of-paradise flower is named after an actual bird which is native to Australia and its surrounding regions. The plant, however, is native to South Africa.

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Lavender Which member of the mint family is shown in this picture?
Carnation
Lavender
Apart from being used as an herb in cooking, the lavender plant also has medicinal uses, including easing intestinal discomfort. Lavender yields a highly fragrant essential oil which is popularly used as a scent in perfumes.
Lily of the valley
Sweet pea

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Dahlia Do you recognize this flower which is native to Mexico and Central America?
Mountain laurel
Snapdragon
Lily
Dahlia
The dahlia is native to higher and cooler elevations in Mexico and the countries of Central America. One particular species of dahlia has been named the national flower of Mexico.

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Apple blossom Do you recognize this flower of a very common fruit?
Marigold
Apple blossom
Both Michigan and Arkansas have designated the apple blossom as their official state flower. This is in keeping with the rich history of apple production in both states.
Jasmine
Magnolia

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Larkspur Can you identify the showy but toxic flower in this image?
Larkspur
The larkspur is a member of the buttercup family. It is toxic to both humans and cattle but sheep are not affected by it. For this reason, sheep are sometimes used to rid cattle pastures of larkspur plants.
Chrysanthemum
Camellia
Rhododendron

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Poppy Do you recognize this flower which is associated with veterans?
Gardenia
Iris
Poppy
One species of the poppy is famous for being the plant from which opium is derived. Another species, the red poppy, is the national flower of Poland. The red poppy has also long been associated with fundraising efforts for war veterans.
Sunflower

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Magnolia Do you recognize North Korea’s national flower shown here?
Sweet pea
Begonia
Magnolia
Apart from being the state flower of both Louisiana and Mississippi, the magnolia is also the national flower of North Korea.
Lotus

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Queen Anne’s lace Which royally named flower is shown here?
Bird-of-paradise
Queen Anne’s lace
Queen Anne’s lace is also known as wild carrot and is the original source from which the cultivated carrot is derived. The plant is mainly grown for the decorative value of its flowers since the actual carrot root is only edible when young.
Orchid
Cherry blossom

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Lily Do you recognize this much-loved ornamental flower?
Lily
There are approximately 100 species of the lily but the water lily is not one of them. The water lily is not a true lily, despite the close resemblance which they bear. The lily flower comes is a wide range of colors and has a very pleasant fragrance.
Anemone
Hydrangea
Dahlia

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Snapdragon Can you name this relative of the toadflax?
Mountain laurel
Apple blossom
Snapdragon
The closed lip of the snapdragon makes it difficult for some insects to enter. There are some insects, such as strong bees, which are able to force the petals apart and get to the nectar inside. Snapdragons are closely related to toadflaxes (which are also known by the name spurred snapdragons).
Lotus

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Gerbera Can you name this flower which is related to the African daisy?
Daffodil
Forget-me-not
Carnation
Gerbera
The flower head of the gerbera is usually colored in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink and white. It is also possible for one gerbera flower to have petals of different colors.

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Peony Which flower named after the Greek god Paiōn is shown here?
Tulip
Jasmine
Rose
Peony
According to Greek mythology, the peony flower gets its name from the physician of the gods or god of medicine, Paiōn. Zeus turned him into a flower to save him from being killed by his teacher, Asclepius, a son of Apollo.

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Gladiolus Do you know the name of this flower from the iris family?
Lily
Cherry blossom
Gladiolus
The gladiolus is named for its sword-shaped leaves and is sometimes referred to as the sword lily. Many of the cultivated varieties of the gladiolus were developed from species native to the sub-Saharan regions of Africa.
Daisy

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Hydrangea Do you know this flower whose name means “water vessel?”
Rhododendron
Begonia
Chrysanthemum
Hydrangea
The hydrangea is native to the Americas and Asia. While the flowers are often white, the color can vary depending on the quality of the soil. It is not uncommon to find hydrangea is an array of colors, including red, rose, pink, blue and lavender, as well as light and dark purple.

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Camellia Do you recognize the tea plant relative shown here?
Daffodil
Camellia
Thanks to their showy flowers and glossy leaves, many species of the camellia are grown for their decorative value. One species, however, is prized for its great economic value – the Camellia Sinensis, or tea plant. Another species, the Camellia Japonica, is the state flower of Alabama.
Rhododendron
Snapdragon

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Forget-me-not Do you know this flower which, according to folklore, aids memory?
Lilac
Orchid
Larkspur
Forget-me-not
Forget-me-nots are most often blue with white, pink and yellow being other possible colors. Traditionally, forget-me-nots are given as a gift so that the receiver will always remember the giver or so that the receiver knows they will never be forgotten by the giver.

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Lily of the valley Which relative of asparagus is shown in this photo?
Lily of the valley
The lily of the valley is considered to be one of the true lilies. Its nodding bell-shaped white flowers grow in bunches along the stem and are sweetly fragranced.
Gardenia
Poppy
Hibiscus

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Rhododendron Do you recognize this flower whose name means “rose tree”?
Sunflower
Dandelion
Rhododendron
The rhododendron belongs to the same family as heather. The rhododendron flower is eaten in Nepal, as well as used to make flower juice. It has been named Nepal’s national flower.
Peony

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Sweet pea Which Mediterranean native is shown in this image?
Sweet pea
The sweet pea is a member of the legume family but its seed pods and the seeds they hold are not considered to be edible. Sweet peas are very popular, however, as ornamental flowers and are often used in floral arrangements.
Daisy
Queen Anne’s lace
Poinsettia

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Mountain laurel Do you recognize this flower which is also called spoonwood?
Tulip
Marigold
Mountain laurel
The mountain laurel serves as the state flower of both Pennsylvania and Connecticut. It is native to the mountainous areas of eastern North America and is used in Native American medicine.
Lavender

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