There are close to 400,000 species of flowering plants in the world! And this quiz is just going to look at at 0.0001% of them.
Scientifically speaking, plants which produce flowers and seeds are called angiosperms. the first flowering plants appeared on earth about 170 million years ago. About 100 million years after that, they became the dominant seed-producing plant.
Flowers may seem to be created solely for us to enjoy, but they exist solely to get pollinators such as bees and butterflies to help in a plant's reproduction process. Christian Konrad Sprengel, a 18th century German botanist, proved this in his foundational book, The Secret of Nature Revealed.
Our fascination with flowers goes back millennia. One of the earliest books on flowers was De materia medica, written by first-century Greek doctor, Dioscorides. This book, which contained illustrations which diagrammed plants and their flowers, explored the medicinal properties of plants and was foundation for the study of botany.
Centuries later, Carl Linnaeus, a 18th century Swedish botanist, gave us the classification system or taxonomy that we still use today to classify plants and animals. For example, Helianthus annuus L. is the scientific name for the common sunflower (with L. representing that Linnaeus named the organism).
Are you ready to take a stroll in our virtual garden and identify these flowers in this quiz? We hope you enjoy yourself! Good luck!