Name That Annual Flower Quiz
Annuals come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Are you an expert on these flowers? Test your botany skills with this quiz.
A plant that performs its complete life cycle in one growing season is called what?
All annual flowers have a scientific name as a part of their taxonomy or classification. Which taxonomic divisions do the two Latin names denote?
- kingdom and phylum
- genus and species
- family and genus
True or false: The leaves, roots and stems of annual flowers die each year.
What is the common name of the <i>Tagetes erecta</i>, an annual that has showy yellow and orange flowers?
- African violet
- annual vinca
- American marigold
What is the common name of the pink, trumpet-shaped annual flower <i>Impatiens balsamina</i>?
What is the scientific name of the flowering annual commonly known as the canna lily?
- <i>Canna generalis</i>
- <i>Lilium canna</i>
- <i>Generalis lilium</i>
What is the scientific name of the orchidlike flower commonly known as sky flower?
- <i>Duranta somnum</i>
- <i>Duranta erecta</i>
- <i>Duranta plana</i>
The tropical <i>Euphorbia tirucalli</i> is often grown as an annual. What is its common name?
- firesticks cactus
- elkhorn euphorbia
- Helena's Blush
What is the common name of the frilly yellow, orange and red annual flowers named <i>Tagetes patula</i>?
- four o'clock flowers
- fuchsia flowers
- French marigolds
What is the common name of the bushy, round and purple annual flower <i>Gomphrena globosa</i>?
- gerbera daisy
- globe amaranth
The heliotrope is a flowering annual with clusters of small, fragrant white, blue or purple flowers. What is its scientific name?
- <i>Heliotropium arboretum</i>
- <i>Heliotropia alba</i>
- <i>Heliotropium arborescens</i>
Which annual is in the sunflower family?
- black-eyed susans
- American field pansies
What is the scientific name of the Joey plant?
- <i>Ptilotus exaltus</i>
- <i>Exaltus ptilotus</i>
- <i>Ptilotus roseus</i>
What is the common name of <i>Persicaria orientalis</i>, which has pink bell-shaped flowers that bloom in long clusters?
- kiss me not
- kiss me over the garden gate
- kiss me over the fence
What is the common name of the flowering annual named <i>Consolida ajacis</i>?
- licorice plant
True or false: The <i>Datura inoxia</i> is a flowering annual with blooms that open in the evening and close at sunrise. What is the common name of this flower?
- morning flower
- midnight flower
True or false: <i>Nemesia strumosa</i> is a tender perennial that is often treated as an annual.
True or false: The <i>Oxalis vulcanicola</i> "Zinfandel" is a perennial grown as an annual in cooler climates. What is its common name?
- volcano flower
- volcanic sorrel
- vulcan flower
Which is NOT a common name of the <i>Papaver rhoeas</i> annual flower?
- oriental poppy
- red poppy
- Flanders poppy
Which rare petunia species is pollinated by hummingbirds in the wild?
- <i>Petunia axillaris</i>
- <i>Petunia integrifolia</i>
- <i>Petunia exserta</i>
<i>Portulaca grandiflora</i> is a flowering annual that thrives in hot and dry conditions.
- red moss
- rose moss
- rich moss
What is the common name of <i>Antirrhinum majus</i>?
- signet marigold
- spider flower
The annual flower <i>Lupinus texensis</i> is the state flower of Texas. What is its common name?
- Texas bluebonnet
- Texas yellowstar
- Texas sage
What is the common name of the floriferous South African annual <i>Ursinia anthemoides</i>?
- solar fire
Which is NOT a common name of the <i>Verbena bonariensis</i> plant?
- purple top vervain
- tall verbena
- butterfly vervain
Which annual flowers are named for their resemblance to a rooster's comb?
- wheat cockscomb
- white cockscomb
- wax cockscomb
What is the common name of the annual <i>Xerochrysum bracteatum</i>?
- paper rose
- paper daisy
- paper tulip
What is the scientific name of the sun-loving annual commonly known as yellow cosmos?
- <i>Cosmos solis</i>
- <i>Flavum cosmos</i>
- <i>Cosmos sulphureus</i>
True or false: The annual flower<i> Zinnia elegans</i>, or common zinnias, attract butterflies.
Who named the Zinnia genus after fellow botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn?
- Gregor Mendel
- Carl Linnaeus
- Joseph Banks