19 April 2021

Quiz: Are you a spring plants pro?

Take our quiz to see if you’re a whizz on spring plants.

By Katie Avis-Riordan

Blossoms at Kew

Unfurling leaves, colourful flowers and signs of new life are what make the spring season so magical and uplifting.

But how well do you know your spring plants?

Take our quiz to find out if you're a seasonal pro and scroll down for the answers.

1. Which of these spring flowers blooms earliest in the year?

A. Bluebell

B. Snowdrop

C. Wood anemone

D. Allium

Agius Evolution Garden
Agius Evolution Garden, Ellen McHale © RBG Kew

2. What plant family does Japanese cherry (Prunus serrulata) belong to?

A. Rosaceae

B. Asteraceae

C. Lamiaceae

D. Saxifragaceae

Japanese cherry trees on cherry walk with pink blossom
Japanese cherry cultivar, Prunus 'Asano', on cherry walk at Kew © Tony Kirkham

3. Daffodils (Narcissus) are sometimes called what?

A. Glory of the snow

B. Field flowers

C. Yellow cups

D. Lent lilies

Kew Palace, Historic Royal Palaces
Kew Palace, Historic Royal Palaces

4. The spice pictured below is popular during the Hindu ‘Festival of Colours’, Holi, which marks the start of spring. What is it?

A. Clove

B. Cinnamon

C. Turmeric

D. Cumin

Spice
Spice © Tamanna Rumee/Unsplash

5. How much of the world's bluebell population grows in the UK?

A. Half

B. A quarter

C. A tenth

D. Three quarters

Bluebell at Kew
Species with large genomes (> c. 10 Gbp), such as bluebells, appear sluggish in the rates at which they delete DNA © RBG Kew.

6. Tulips were first cultivated in Istanbul as early as…

A. 1900

B. 1055

C. 1850

D. 1305

Tulip field with colourful flowers
Tulip field © Alessandro Segala/Unsplash

7. Name the spring plant in the picture below.

A. Hellebore

B. Daffodil

C. Spanish bluebell

D. Crocus

Purple spring flowers
Purple spring flowers © Anuja Mary Tilj/Unsplash

8. In which habitat do primroses (Primula vulgaris) grow?

A. Woodland

B. Beach

C. Mountain

D. Wetland

Primrose
Primrose/Unsplash

9. What is the vegetable in the picture below, harvested in spring?

A. Rhubarb

B. Asparagus

C. Radishes

D. Artichokes

Vegetable in ground
Vegetable in ground © Kaori Nohara/Unsplash

10. At Kew, our Magnolia campbellii, or 'pink tulip tree', is one of the first magnolia trees to bloom. When?

A. Between May and June

B. January

C. Between February and March

D. April

Magnolia campbellii at Kew
Magnolia campbellii at Kew, Zoe Stewart © RBG Kew

11. Rhododendron arboreum produces bell-shaped flowers in spring. Its red variety is the national flower of which country?

A. Sweden

B. New Zealand

C. Nepal

D. Italy

Rhododendron arboreum      
Rhododendron arboreum      

12. Which of the following is NOT another name for Laburnum?

A. Golden rain

B. Spring sunlight

C. Golden chain

D. Bean tree

Golden yellow petals of the laburnum pergola
The laburnum pergola at its height in early summer.

13. Wisteria belongs to the same family as which vegetable?

A. Cauliflower

B. Broccoli

C. Kale

D. Peas

Purple flowers of wisteria
Wisteria © Ines Stuart-Davidson

14. What is the scientific name of this blossoming Hall crabapple bonsai tree?

A. Pyrus cordata

B. Malus halliana

C. Alnus glutinosa

D. Quercus ilex

Pink flowers of bonsai Hall crabapple tree
Bonsai Hall crabapple tree, Emma Chandler © RBG Kew

15. Name the spring flower in the picture below.

A. Wild garlic

B. Hyacinth

C. Cowslip

D. Tulip

White spring flowers on woodland floor
White spring flowers © Timo C Dinger/Unsplash

Answers

1. Which of these spring flowers blooms earliest in the year?

B. Snowdrop

Read some snowdrop facts

2. What plant family does Japanese cherry (Prunus serrulata) belong to?

A. Rosaceae

Take a sneak peek at cherry blossom season at Kew

3. Daffodils (Narcissus) are sometimes called what?

D. Lent lilies

Discover more about this spring beauty

4. The spice pictured below is popular during the Hindu ‘Festival of Colours’, Holi, which marks the start of spring. What is it?

C. Turmeric

Find out more signs of spring from around the world

5. How much of the world's bluebell population grows in the UK?

A. Half

Watch our bluebell film

6. Tulips were first cultivated in Istanbul as early as…

B. 1055

Learn more about tulips

7. Name the spring plant in the picture below.

D. Crocus

Immerse yourself in spring colour

8. In which habitat do primroses (Primula vulgaris) grow?

A. Woodland

Visit our Woodland Garden

9. What is the vegetable in the picture below, harvested in spring?

A. Rhubarb

Explore our Kitchen Garden

10. At Kew, our Magnolia campbellii, or 'pink tulip tree', is one of the first magnolia trees to bloom. When?

C. Between February and March

See the top spring plants at Kew

11. Rhododendron arboreum produces bell-shaped flowers in spring. Its red variety is the national flower of which country?

C. Nepal

Get more knowledge about national flowers

12. Which of the following is NOT another name for Laburnum?

B. Spring sunlight

Visit our Queen's Garden to see Laburnum in spring bloom

13. Wisteria belongs to the same family as which vegetable?

D. Peas

Watch: How to grow vegetables and herbs on your windowsill

14. What is the scientific name of this blossoming Hall crabapple bonsai tree?

B. Malus halliana

Take a look at Kew's cutest plants

15. Name the spring flower in the picture below.

A. Wild garlic

Spot wild garlic in our Natural Area this spring

Your score

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

11 or above: You're a spring plants sensation! What a pro! 

6 to 10: Good effort, you deserve a spring in your step

1 to 5: Much improvement needed before you can blossom into a pro

0: It seems like your knowledge hasn't germinated yet

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Deep pink blossom of Japanese cherry cultivar, Prunus 'Kanzan'

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