1.This is a native plant that grows in open dry places as well as on dry walls.  The leaves are entire or toothed. Also, they grow from a basal rosette, none on the stem.  It is a member of the Brassicaceae family.  It flowers from March to May. The petals are white, bifid (split) halfway to the base. Where it grows quite prolifically, it can resemble a covering of snow from a distance.

2. Obviously these are a daffodils but can you name the variety? It is Ailhta - unscramble for answer.

4. The black grass plant is known as Ophiopogon and the species known as nigrescens and has three varieties with the English names of arabicus, ebony knight and kcbalngroda. Unscramble the letters to get the answer.


5. The white flowered alpine next to it grows wild in Derbyshire with 150 sightings. You will find it in the Brassicaceae section of The Flora of Derbyshire.

6. This plant is not Chionodoxa, so what is it? It is Theonatcdeod. The first 5 letters of this name are at the end of the plant’s name, the other six need unscrambling.


7. This plant is introduced and can be found on walls and dry areas. It has long trailing stems up to 60cms. It is mauve violet on the lower lip and is a member of the Veronicaceae family. Part of the plant’s name refers to a four-legged creature found in ponds. What's the plants name? The beginning of the name refers to a plant that can be invasive on trees.

8. Garden clematis, but what’s the wild version called?

9.  Only a scattered populations in the British Isles of this pretty alpine plant. Its less common names are alpine balsam, starflower or liver balsam. What’s its more common English name?  This picture was taken in the village of Elton.

3. Do grape hyacinths grow in all these colours - blue, white, pink, yellow, purple, cream?

10. The arrangement of the leaves of this plant are said to remind us of the rungs of a ladder which lead to heaven, featured in a dream by Jacob. What’s the English name for the plant?

11. This plant was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for what purpose?  The following are the names of the different Verbascum plants found in Britain - moth, twiggy, purple, orange, nettle leaved, dark, hoary, white. Some of the names obviously do not fit, so which one is it? Research with a wildflower book should help, the plant is very pubescent [hairy] and can reach 1.5m. As it gets older the hairs tend to drop off to leave small tufts and patches. Find the colour of the flowers and height to narrow it down.

12. .No picture with this question. Give an 8-letter girl’s name beginning with R which is also the English name of a herb. Give two girls’ names which are also wildflower names, one English name beginnings with D, with 5 letters, and one Latin name of 8 letters beginning with P.  Give 5 girls’ names that are garden plants 3 have 4 letters beginning with R, L, I, one has 7 letters beginning with J, and one has 8 letters beginning with H.

13. Can you name the variety of this garden plant?  The name is in two words. The first word is to do with a sport (sounds like the name of a sport, although not quite spelt the same) and the second word is a colour.

 Plant Quiz

Compiled by Brian Gough

There are no prizes, but, hopefully you will obtain some satisfaction from getting at least some of the questions right!



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