23 June 2020

Quiz: Are you a flower whizz?

Take our quiz to test your flower knowledge.

By Katie Avis-Riordan

Rosa 'Port Sunlight' in the Rose Garden

Kew Gardens is home to a huge variety of flowers, of all shapes, sizes and colours.

From ravishing roses to spectacular sakura, our blooms are a treat for the eyes.

How clued up are you on flowers? Take our 15-question quiz to find out (scroll down for the answers). Good luck!

1. What plant family does lavender (Lavandula) belong to?

A. Rose (Rosaceae)

B. Mint (Lamiaceae)

C. Pea (Fabaceae)

D. Daisy (Asteraceae)

A lavender field in the sunlight
Lavender © Léonard Cotte/Unsplash

2. What is the common name of the Nymphaea genus, seen in the picture below? 

A. Poppy

B. Buttercup

C. Hyacinth

D. Waterlily

Close-up of a waterlily flower, Nymphaea 'Carlos Magdalena'
Nymphaea 'Carlos Magdalena' © RBG Kew

3. Name the flowering plant in these two photos.

A. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

B. Fairy primrose (Primula malacoides)

C. Natal lily (Clivia miniata)

D. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Purple flowers
© RBG Kew
Purple flowers
© RBG Kew

4. When do English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) flower?

A. June to July

B. August to September

C. February to March

D. April to May

Indigo to blue flowers with nodding heads
Bluebells at Wakehurst, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

5. What is the Japanese term for cherry blossom?

A. Sakura 

B. Yukata

C. Haiku

D. Shamisen

Cherry blossom on branches in spring
Cherry blossom, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew
Cherry blossom on branches in spring
Cherry blossom, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

6. How is Lamprocapnos spectabilis, seen below, better known?

A. Parrot plant

B. Bleeding heart

C. Love-in-a-mist

D. Ragged robin

Heart-shaped flowers of the Lamprocapnos spectabilis
Lamprocapnos spectabilis © Roozitaa/Wikimedia Commons

7. Where were roses originally cultivated?

A. Spain

B. Argentina

C. China

D. South Africa

Rosa 'Princess Anne', Rose Garden
Rosa 'Princess Anne', Rose Garden, Ellen McHale © RBG Kew
Rosa 'Port Sunlight', Rose Garden
Rosa 'Port Sunlight', Rose Garden, Ellen McHale © RBG Kew

8. What is the national flower of Scotland?

A. Daffodil

B. Tulip

C. Thistle

D. Hibiscus

Hills of countryside in Scotland

Scotland © Mike Swigunski/Unsplash

9. Where is the native region of Dracula orchids?

A. Russia

B. Mexico to Peru

C. Scandinavia

D. Australia and New Zealand

Close up of Dracula orchid that looks like a gilled fungus
Dracula orchids emit a scent like gilled fungi and the lip of their flowers resembles gilled fungi. This attracts fruit flies and tricks them into pollinating the orchid.

10. How many species are there within the heather (Calluna) genus?

A. 1

B. 10

C. 100

D. 1,000

Light purple flowers of heather plants
Heather plants (Calluna vulgaris). Hauke Koch © RBG Kew.

11. What is the natural habitat of the ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)?

A. Woodland

B. Meadow

C. Desert

D. Wetland

Compositae, daisy, Andrew McRobb / RBG Kew

12. Name the plant in the picture below.

A. Hebe

B. Dahlia

C. Rhododendron

D. Allium

Pink flowers
Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

13. What fruit does Passiflora edulis produce?

A. Papaya

B. Lychee

C. Pineapple

D. Passion fruit

White and purple flower of Passiflora edulis
Passiflora edulis flower, Leonardo Ré-Jorge © Wikimedia Commons

14. The Latin name for daffodil comes from which ancient mythological character?

A. Narcissus

B. Prometheus

C. Pandora 

D. Theseus 

Two yellow daffodils
Daffodils, Zoe Stewart © RBG Kew

15. How is the corpse lily (Rafflesia arnoldii) record-breaking?

A. It's the tallest flowering plant in the world

B. Produces the world's largest individual flower

C. Grows more petals than any other flower

D. Produces the smallest individual flower

An illustration of Rafflesia arnoldii
Rafflesia arnoldii ©Chris Thorogood

Answers

1. What plant family does lavender (Lavandula) belong to?

B. Mint (Lamiaceae)

Find out how to bring lavender into your home

2. What is the common name of the Nymphaea genus, seen in the picture below? 

D. Waterlily

Explore our collection of aquatic plants

3. Name the flowering plant in these two photos.

A. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Learn about the weird and wonderful foxgloves

4. When do English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) flower?

D. April to May

Watch bluebells in bloom at Kew

5. What is the Japanese term for cherry blossom?

A. Sakura 

Leaf through our sakura archives

6. How is Lamprocapnos spectabilis, seen below, better known?

B. Bleeding heart

See the most romantic-looking plants

7. Where were roses originally cultivated?

C. China

Discover our Rose Garden

8. What is the national flower of Scotland?

C. Thistle

Read the story behind the milk thistle's name

9. Where is the native region of Dracula orchids?

B. Mexico to Peru

Learn about the fascinating Dracula smaug orchid

10. How many species are there within the heather (Calluna) genus?

A. 1

View Wakehurst's winter-flowering heather

11. What is the natural habitat of the ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)?

B. Meadow

Find out facts about the great British meadow

12. Name the plant in the picture below.

C. Rhododendron

Discover our rhododendrons

13. What fruit does Passiflora edulis produce?

D. Passion fruit

Learn about the beautiful blooms of passion flowers

14. The Latin name for daffodil comes from which ancient mythological character?

A. Narcissus

Unearth the secrets of daffodils

15. How is the corpse lily (Rafflesia arnoldii) record-breaking?

B. Produces the world's largest individual flower

Explore the hidden treasures of Indonesia

Your score

Add up your score out of 15 to see if you're an expert or amateur...

11 or above: You're a blooming whizz!

6 to 10: You're fluent in flowers

1 to 5: Nice effort but try and grow your floral facts

0: You need some more flower power

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