Can You ID These Common Flowers From One Image?

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Lauren Lubas

6 Min Quiz

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As winter ends, we often think about how we are going to see everything green and new again. While some of us are happy with the prospect of simply seeing grass on the ground, others have wild dreams of filling flower beds with the various colors and fragrances of the spring season. With spring springing up all around us, it's time to really consider what comes with it: birds, bees, bugs, rain, and, of course, ... flowers. Even if you don't consider yourself a botanical expert, you can probably identify a few different species of flowers that are common. You may even know a little bit about how to take care of them. However, there are around 400,000 different types of flowering plants on Earth. To memorize them all would probably overload your brain and cause major headaches.

Though you don't have to memorize what every flower in the world looks like to ace this quiz, you should be able to identify the most common ones. So, if you think you can tell the difference between a calla lily and a tulip, it's time to test your skills. Let's see if you can identify these common flowers from a single image. 

Let's start with some easy ones to get you warmed up. What is this common flower that makes delicious seeds?

While sunflowers are commonly seen in paintings or eaten, most people don't have them in their gardens. This is mostly because a sunflower can grow up to 10 feet high and block out the sun for other plants.

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Can you name these small flowers that are found in most bouquets?

Baby's breath is a great filler flower that florists love. However, it doesn't smell that great (as a matter of fact, it smells a little bit like its namesake), so it usually isn't put in a bouquet by itself.

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What are these flowers that make their way into nearly every garden?

Marigolds are members of the daisy family, but they look a little bit like carnations. They get their name from their bright yellowish-orange color. French and African marigolds are the most commonly purchsased.

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Can you identify these cluster flowers?

The English bluebell generally grows in fields and can cover quite a bit of land. They are named after their beautiful color as well as the fact that they hang like bells. No, they don't make music.

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These flowers also hang down, but do you know what they are?

Snowflake flowers are in the same order as bluebells (Asparagales). Much like bluebells, they hang downward. However, these flowers are white. They get their name because in large groups (or in fields), they look very much like falling snow.

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Can you name these flowers that look like Rorchach tests?

Pansies come in a myriad of colors and are very easy to keep alive in various climates. It is because of this that they are so commonly put into people's gardens. Who doesn't love easy color in their yard?

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What are these heart-shaped flowers?

From a distance, the bleeding heart flower might look a little bit like a bell flower, but when you get close enough, they truly look like hearts that are dripping blood. While these flowers aren't as common as some of the others in this quiz, they are definitely the coolest.

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Can you name these simple flowers?

Daisies generally are white with yellow in the middle. The simplicity of these flowers gives them an innocence that keeps them in high demand. They are delicate flowers but can be grown easily in the right conditions.

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What are these orb-like flowers?

Ornamental onions, despite their name, aren't edible. However, they grow just like other onions and garlic. They're generally found in a round patch with large, spherical flower heads.

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Do you know the name of the flowers in this patch?

Heather flowers generally grow in large patches and fields. They bloom in late summer and the honey that bees create from heather is especially liked in the areas where heather is indigenous.

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These beautiful white flowers contrast their dark green leaves. Can you name them?

You may recognize the shape of gardenia​ flowers because they are so common for cake decorating. These flowers generally grow in tropical and subtropical climates, and they are very finicky and difficult to grow.

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What are these small pink flowers?

Rain lilies come in various colors and can be spotted by their sharp looking petal shapes as well as the way the petals seem to cup around in order to catch the ​rain.

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This flower has a healing scent. What is it called?

While lavender is native to Northern Africa and the Mediterranean, it is now grown around the world because of its healing and calming properties. You can spot lavender from its small petals and deep purple color.

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Can you name these common flowers that are often seen in artwork?

The lotus is very common in artwork because it is such a beautiful layered flower. While most lotus species are found in Asia, they can grow in a wide range of climates because they are aquatic.

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Do you know the name of this yellow flower?

Daffodils are easy to spot because they have a cup as well as petals surrounding it. While most daffodils are yellow, they also come in other colors, like orange and white.

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This flower looks like its name. Do you know what it is?

Queen Anne's lace can be found across Europe, Asia and North America. These are very common wildflowers. They get their name from their lacy appearance when they are grouped together.

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What is the name of these cluster flowers?

Yellow-eyed grass is a common wildflower found in California and along the west coast of North America. It requires a moist environment to thrive but most people see these small flowers as weeds rather than flowers.

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What is the actual name for these purple flowers that are in the daisy family?

At first look, you may think that an aster is a very colorful daisy. However, you can tell the difference in the part below the petals. A daisy looks furrier​ while an aster has shorter "hairs" on it.

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Can you name these golden flowers?

As a beautiful cup-shaped flower, the California poppy can be identified by its golden petals and long stems. Unlike common poppies, they don't really open all the way.

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This flower is much like a weed. Can you name it?

Virginia creepers are vine flowers that are related to grapes. The vines on these flowers look much like ivy (as a matter of fact, they're often mistaken for poison ivy) but when they bloom, their true color comes out.

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What kind of rose is this?

Tea roses are often found in China and are very common. At first look, they look very much like a standard rose; however, when they fully bloom, they open more than a rose.

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This is another flower you see in many gardens. What is it​s actual name?

Peonies look very much like a carnation but they have about 35 species of their own and come in a variety of colors. If you find a peony, you will most likely find ants because they are attracted to the nectar.

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What is the common name of this orchid flower?

Before it fully blooms, the pink lady's slipper looks like a bulb or a sack; however, once it opens​, it looks like a lady dressed in white, wearing pink slippers ... well, kind of.

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These flowers are always around in the winter. Can you identify them?

While poinsettias come in various colors, including pink, but we mostly know them for their bright red or white leaves. These flowers are in high demand during the Christmas season due to their bold colors.

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Can you name these common wildflowers?

The purple coneflower looks very much like a daisy that outgrew itself. These large flowers are common wildflowers in North America and can be found across the United States.

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What kind of daisy is this?

African daisies can be spotted by their flat paper-like petals and their bold and unique colorings (including blue centers for many of them). These daisies are also related to sunflowers and shrubby daisy bushes.

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Can you identify these large flowers?

Also related to daisies, crysanthemums are large flowers that grow into orb shapes. The small petals are amazing but very fragile. They are mostly found in Asia and Europe.

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What is the common name of this member of the pea family?

At first look, wisteria looks very much like lavender, but it is actually a member of the Legume family. They bloom in large trees and look absolutely beautiful.

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These flowers are common in gardens, do you know their name?

Geraniums are also known as Crane's-bill. They come in a large variety of colors and from a distance, might resemble carnations, but close up, you notice that the petals are larger than you expected.

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This flower makes great tea. Can you identify it?

Hibiscus, also known as rosemallows, are very colorful flowers that you might see if you go on a tropical vacation. These delicate flowers require warm temperatures and moist air to thrive.

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What is this odd-looking flower?

Passion flowers are intricately designed flowers that look very much like mandala designs (as you can see, they definitely belong in adult coloring books, for sure). These are pretty commonly seen in Florida and the southeast coast of the United States.

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What kind of daisy is this?

Painted daisies look exactly like their name, boldly painted daisies. These flowers can be spotted from a mile away due to their vibrant colors and large patches where they grow.

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Can you identify this lily?

Peace lilies are very leafy plants. They are generally not put into bouquets, because they look so beautiful when they are planted. The peace lily generally has very large leaves and a few flowers that bloom.

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This flower has the same name as a famous ship. What is that name?

Despite them sharing a name with a ship that brought several immigrants to the United States, mayflowers are small cluster flowers, and because of their shared name, they are the state flower of Massachusetts.

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These are common flowers without a common name. What are they?

Named after the German botanist who recorded them, Gerbera flowers are incredibly colorful and native to tropical regions around the world. These flowers are vibrant and can be grown in wetter regions.

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Do you know the "magical" name for this flower?

Just because they're called wandflowers doesn't necessarily mean​ they look like wands. As a matter of fact, these flowers look very much like lilacs. They grow in clusters.

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Many people call these "sneezeweeds." What is their real name?

Helenium flowers are closely related to sunflowers. However, they are much more colorful and can be found in fields across North America. They can grow up to 5 feet tall.

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Can you identify this flower?

Wax plants (Hoya carnosa) can be found in Asia and Australia. They get their name from the smoothness of their petals. They generally grow in orb shapes and are often used as houseplants because of their beautiful leaves.

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What is this cluster of flowers called?

Daphnes are indigenous to Asia, Europe and North Africa. These flowers have berries and are highly fragrant. Some species of daphne plants are used to make paper.

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Can you name this member of the Aster family?

Dahlia flowers are known for their seemingly infinite pattern and symmetrical look. There are 42 species of dahlia flowers. They are often found in Mexico and are related to daisies and sunflowers.

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