Quiz about Spring Flowers to Give us Hope
Quiz about Spring Flowers to Give us Hope

Spring Flowers to Give us Hope Quiz


In the dark days of winter, particularly those of 2020/21, we can need reminding that nature endures. With the arrival of the northern hemisphere spring, these flowers will appear to cheer us up and remind us that life goes on.

A photo quiz by rossian. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
rossian
Time
4 mins
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Photo Quiz
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404,447
Updated
Oct 03 22
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1. This flowering plant, Latin name Galanthus, gives you a hint of its common name in the photo. It has an alternative name, related to which Christian festival falling early in the year? Hint

New Year's Day
Easter
Candlemas
Lent

2. You are more likely to see this Spring flower on your countryside walks than in your garden. It's a member of the buttercup family and is known as the lesser ___? Hint

Celandine
Lily
Marigold
Yarrow

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3. The plant in the picture is called muscari. In the UK, its common name includes the name of which fruit? Hint

Strawberry
Blueberry
Grape
Apple

4. Although the camellia is commonly grown in the UK, it originated in which part of the world? Hint

Mediterranean region of Europe
Asia
Africa
South America

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photo quiz
5. The photo shows the flowers of Allium ursinum, which you are as likely to smell as see during a springtime walk in the woods. It is the wild version of which pungent bulb?

Answer: (One Word (6 letters))
6. Despite the attractive flowers, and long flowering season, the biggest issue with growing periwinkle in the garden is which of these? Hint

It attracts wasps
It is very invasive
It is highly toxic to humans
It smells awful

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photo quiz
7. Forsythia was named for the Scottish botanist William Forsyth.

True
False

8. This flower, more often found in the wild, is Primula veris, a relative of the primrose, as indicated by the name. By what common name is it known? Hint

Cowslip
Foxglove
Dog rose
Lamb's ear

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photo quiz
9. This cheerful flower can bloom all winter and into the spring. It is known as the viola or heartsease, but its most common name is pansy. What is the derivation of this name? Hint

Danish for violin
Italian for colour
French for thought
Greek for heart

10. The photo shows a mass of common bluebells in a wood, one of the sights of a UK spring. An introduced species of bluebell originating from which region has created a hybrid in the UK known as Hyacinthoides × massartiana? Hint

Australia
North America
Iberian Peninsula
Russia

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This flowering plant, Latin name Galanthus, gives you a hint of its common name in the photo. It has an alternative name, related to which Christian festival falling early in the year?

Answer: Candlemas

The picture shows snowdrops, complete with snow in the background, which are among the earliest plants to flower each year in the northern hemisphere. They are also known as Candlemas bells, as they are in bloom around Candlemas Day, which falls on 2nd February. According to folklore, they are a symbol of hope as an angel turned a snowflake into the flower to show Eve that winter would end. Seeing snowdrops in bloom still has that effect on many of us who are looking forward to warmer weather at the beginning of each year.
2. You are more likely to see this Spring flower on your countryside walks than in your garden. It's a member of the buttercup family and is known as the lesser ___?

Answer: Celandine

The lesser celandine grows low to the ground and is unrelated to the much taller greater celandine. It grows in woods and on grassy verges and resembles the buttercup in its colour but has a more open flower, as shown in the photo. It flowers in the UK between January and April.
3. The plant in the picture is called muscari. In the UK, its common name includes the name of which fruit?

Answer: Grape

The British call muscari the grape hyacinth - muscari and hyacinths are in the same family and sub family. They have been known as muscari since at least the early seventeenth century. They bloom in the UK in spring and come in various shades of blue. They are easy to grow from bulbs and spread readily.
4. Although the camellia is commonly grown in the UK, it originated in which part of the world?

Answer: Asia

In Europe, the camellia is grown for ornamental purposes, having been brought to the UK in the first half of the eighteenth century. In Asia, it has other important uses - Camellia sinensis is the name of the plant used for tea. The plant was named for the botanist Georg Kamel.

As can be seen in the photo, the leaves are stiff and glossy, and, depending on the variety, blooms can appear as early as January in the UK.
5. The photo shows the flowers of Allium ursinum, which you are as likely to smell as see during a springtime walk in the woods. It is the wild version of which pungent bulb?

Answer: Garlic

Wild garlic is also known as ramson, wood garlic and, as the scientific name suggests, bear's garlic. It grows readily in woodland areas, especially damp parts, and the smell is unmistakeably garlic. The flowers grow on a tall stalk and are a useful source of food for insects and bees.

The leaves can be used in cookery, as can the bulbs but these are best left to ensure the plant survives.
6. Despite the attractive flowers, and long flowering season, the biggest issue with growing periwinkle in the garden is which of these?

Answer: It is very invasive

The usual variety of periwinkle grown is called Vinca major, with the common name of blue periwinkle, and it originated in the Mediterranean area of Europe. It is an evergreen, so the leaves provide colour during the winter, and with the flowers appearing early in the year.

The stems can trail over the ground, with roots forming on each part, so periwinkles can quickly take over a garden if not kept under control, so this can be a drawback. Of course, if you want a quick growing, ground covering plant, then this could be top of your list.
7. Forsythia was named for the Scottish botanist William Forsyth.

Answer: True

Forsythia is a member of the olive family, and grows in the UK as a shrub. producing the bright and cheerful yellow flowers you can see in the photo. The species that grows in Britain was named for William Forsyth who was an eighteenth century botanist who was one of the founders of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1804. Forsyth died only a few months later. Unusually, the flowers of forsythia, blooming in early spring, appear before the leaves.
8. This flower, more often found in the wild, is Primula veris, a relative of the primrose, as indicated by the name. By what common name is it known?

Answer: Cowslip

If the photo showed the leaves, you'd see how similar they are to those of the primrose, which is Primula vulgaris. The flowers are different, though, with cowslips having much longer stems and multiple flowers on each stem. They can be bought to grow in gardens but are mainly classed as wild flowers.
9. This cheerful flower can bloom all winter and into the spring. It is known as the viola or heartsease, but its most common name is pansy. What is the derivation of this name?

Answer: French for thought

Wild pansies are much smaller than their garden counterparts, which have been cross bred to increase the size and colours available. They have been popular as a garden flower in the UK since the early nineteenth century. The name of pansy is derived from pensée, a French word which means thought - think of the English pensive, to be lost in thought, originating in Latin. Most pansies flower from spring into summer, but winter flowering varieties have been developed to give some much needed colour during the darkest months of the northern hemisphere's winter.
10. The photo shows a mass of common bluebells in a wood, one of the sights of a UK spring. An introduced species of bluebell originating from which region has created a hybrid in the UK known as Hyacinthoides × massartiana?

Answer: Iberian Peninsula

The native UK bluebell has flowers of a darkish blue, which appear on only one side of the stem, which droops slightly with the weight. Spanish bluebells are paler in colour with blooms all around the stem which, as a result, stays upright. The two varieties cross-pollinate, so the native bluebell is slowly disappearing due to hybridisation. Bluebells can be grown in the garden, but the bulbs multiply quickly - that's why they are such an impressive sight in woodland when in bloom - so they need to be kept under control.

On a personal note, my garden was overrun with bluebells when I moved in. The first year I dug up over 500 bulbs (which I donated to a garden charity) and still have to thin them out each spring after they flower. You can have too much of a good thing.
Source: Author rossian

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