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April Showers, May Flowers: The Full-on Flower Quiz
by Staff
Prepare yourself for a full crop of bud-busting trivia. From pollination to cultivation to symbolism, we’ve got it all covered (and fertilized and watered). Does plant prowess come naturally to you?

Which unusual flower is pollinated by gnats and the larvae of thrips?

  • pussy willow
  • Jack in the pulpit
  • wood anemone

Which flower is symbolic of the first emotions of love?

  • purple lilac
  • orange lily
  • yellow jasmine

Which flower does Prince Charles collect as rent for the Isles of Scilly?

  • English rose
  • iris
  • daffodil

Which plant names comes from the English word dægeseage, meaning “day’s eye”?

  • dahlia
  • daisy
  • dogwood

Which flower has varieties that include triumph, fringed and parrot?

  • tulip
  • rose
  • lily

Which state chose the dogwood as its state flower?

  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia

Where does the hyacinth get its name?

  • someone’s grandma
  • a Greek myth
  • the Dutch word for star

Which ancient flowering tree evolved before bees existed?

  • magnolia
  • dogwood
  • cherry blossom

Native Americans use this flowering plant as an antiseptic to treat wounds.

  • wood anemone
  • spirea
  • allium

Why do gardenias inspire romance?

  • they smell good
  • they stand for secret love
  • they are aphrodisiacs when eaten

What color of rose means “please believe me"?

  • yellow
  • pink
  • red

Why did flower symbolism become so popular during the Victorian era?

  • Gardening was a popular activity.
  • Queen Victoria loved flowers.
  • Expressing emotions was frowned upon during this time.

Though not technically a flower, which of these items stands for stupidity?

  • pine cone
  • rhubarb
  • nut

What color of flowers are often more strongly scented than their peers?

  • white
  • red
  • pink

Which flowering plant was once used to make life jackets?

  • roses
  • sunflowers
  • zinnias

Which types of plants come back every year?

  • annuals
  • perennials
  • both

When was the first book about flower symbolism published?

  • 1649
  • 1819
  • 1884

Who was known as "England’s Rose"?

  • Queen Victoria
  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Princess Diana

Which famous female singer sang "The Rose"?

  • Bette Midler
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Bernadette Peters

Name the flower that is extra tasty in a stir fry?

  • pansies
  • daylilies
  • peonies