Do You Know How Much Sun These Flowers Need?

By: Khadija L.
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Much like humans who need food to survive, plants also have requirements that they need to thrive. In addition to water and soil, they also need some type of exposure to sunlight in order to grow and survive. It is required for photosynthesis, a process by which sunlight is used to synthesize food from carbon dioxide and water.

When buying plants, they often come with tags which say what their requirements are, one of which includes its sun requirements. The four main types include full sun, partial sun or shade, full shade, and all sun types.

According to farmlanddairy.com, full sun means that the plants require at least six to eight hours of direct sun expose every day. Partial sun and partial shade are determined to be at six hours of direct sun exposure, while full shade means that the plant does not need direct sunlight. There are also plants that are capable of growing in all different types of sunlight. 

Do you know what are the sun requirements of some of the most popular plants? If you were given images of these plants, would you be able to tell how much sun they need to grow? There's only one way to find out. Take the quiz now!

Primrose is a species of flowering plants that come in many different colors, some of the most common of which include indigo, white, pink, yellow, and red. These popular plants are known for blooming in the spring and grow in environments where there is partial shade and sun.

Aconite is a perennial flowering plant, native to the Northern Hemisphere. These bright yellow flowers are one of the first to bloom in spring and are typically found in large groups where they give off a honey-like scent. As for their sun needs, they thrive in places with partial shade.

Marigold is a perennial herbaceous plant native to the Americas. These beautiful plants add rich color and aroma to gardens and are known for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. They can be found growing in places where they can get their full sun requirements.

California poppy, sometimes called cup of gold, is a species of flowering plants native to the United States and Mexico. They are used as ornamental plants as well as a food garnish. These plants can grow in dry and sandy areas, as long as there is full sun.

Gazania is a genus of flowering plants that are native to many Southern African countries. They are known for their daisy-like flower heads and color blends. They can grow successfully in places with full sun and drought-tolerant soil.

Sweet woodruff is a flowering perennial plant native to Europe and some Asian countries. It is so-named because of the sweet smell it gives off, although many disagree. This plant thrives in places with full shade where it is mixed with other foliage.

Balsam is a species of plants native to Southern Asian countries. Its flowers come in a wide variety of colors, including red, pink, mauve, white, and lilac. These plants can tolerate heat as well as damp soil and their sun needs vary from partial sun to partial shade.

Verbena is a genus which contains more than 350 species of flowering plants, most of which are native to the Americas and Asia. These easy-to-maintain plants are seen in many outdoor containers where they are exposed to full sun and attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Iris is a genus which includes a species of flowering plant named after the Greek goddess of the Rainbow. Rightfully named, the plant comes in almost every color spectrum where it grows in many different types of soil. Its sun needs vary from full sun to full shade.

Daffodil is one of the most popular flowering perennials which bloom during the spring. The flowers usually come in yellow, orange, and white, and are known for their trumpet-shaped​ corona. They can be found growing in many different types of soil but require full sun.

Tulips consist of 75 species of spring-blooming plants which were cultivated in Asia sometime in the 10th century. There are thousands of hybrids which come in a wide array of colors and are very popular flower around the world. To grow, tulips require full sun.

Bloodroot is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant native to North America. Although the flower is bright white, it is named bloodroot​ because of the red poisonous sap that appears when the stem is cut. These flowers require full shade to grow.

Zinnia is a genus of plants that come from the same family as daisies. They can be found growing in dry grasslands from the ​Southwestern United States to South America where they get full sun. They are fairly easy to grow and as such, are found in many gardens.

Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants that consists of more than 1,500 different plant species. They are native to tropical and subtropical regions and are often used as ornamental house plants. To grow these plants, they need to be exposed to partial shade and sun.

Petunia is a genus of 20 species of flowering plants that originated in South America. They come in a wide variety and many of the ones seen in gardens are hybrids of the original 20. They tend to grow in areas where the soil is well drained and where they can get full sun.

Anemone is a genus consisting of almost 200 species of flowering plants, the most common of which are white, pink, and violet (in North America). The dainty flower blooms from early spring into autumn and needs specific conditions, including partial shade.

Lavender is a genus of almost 50 species of flowering plants native to the Old World (Africa, Asia, and Europe). They have multiple uses, including ornamental plants, culinary herbs and as an ​extract for essential oils. They are very easy to grow as they require little water and full sun.

Goat’s beard is a genus of (one to four) clumping perennial plants that can be found growing in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They have creamy white plumes of flowers and are known to grow best in moist environments with partial shade and partial sun.

Roses are perennial flowering plants that contain more than 100 species and thousands of hybrids. They vary in shape, size, color, as well as the number of prickles. They are quite easy to grow, especially in areas of full sun and well-drained soil.

The cardinal flower is a species of flowering plants native to the Americas, parts of Canada and the U.S. They are easily recognizable by their scarlet red flowers which attract many different types of insects and butterflies. They have a very short life cycle and can be found growing in partial shade.

Aster is a genus of flowering plants that includes as many as 180 species; all except one are restricted to Eurasia. Their name comes from the Latin word for “star” as they are said to brighten up your garden. To grow, they require partial shade and well-drained soil.

Heliotrope is a genus of flowering plants that consist of more than 250 species. They grow in tiny clusters ranging from blue to violet to white and are typically seen in outdoor gardens and containers. These plants can grow in all sun types, making them easy to manage.

Azaleas are flowering shrubs known for blooming in the spring with flowers that last for several weeks. They are often referred to as “the royalty of the garden” because of their elegant appearance. They are very easy to maintain and thrive in places with partial shade.

Morning glory is the common name used for more than 1,000 species of flowering plants that come from the Convolvulaceae family. They are known for blooming early in the morning and shriveling up in the hot afternoon. Despite this, they tend to grow when exposed to full sun.

Shooting star, sometimes called American cowslip, is a genus of herbaceous flowering plant which can be found in many parts of North America in areas of full shade. It was so named because it was said to resemble a star shooting through space.

Coneflower is a genus of flowering plants that consist of nine species, all of which are found in full sun in eastern and central North​ America. They come from the same family as daisies and are said to be easy to grow because they are heat and drought tolerant.

Orchids are a family of flowering plants that can be found all over the world. There are currently more than 27,000 accepted species of these plants and they come in a variety of colors, many of which grow in partial shade.

Dahlia is a genus of herbaceous, perennial plants, all of which are native to Mexico. They can be very difficult to grow as they have very strict requirements, some of which include full sun and well-drained soil.

Lilies are a genus of flowering plants that includes more than 100 species of lilies, many of which are used as ornamental plants and some of which are used in bouquets. They require full sun to grow and come in a wide variety of colors, including yellow, orange, pink, and the classic white.

Bleeding heart is a species of flowering plants that belongs to the poppy family. These plants are native to Siberia, China, Korea, and Japan. The heart-shaped flower which blooms in spring, is found in many gardens and thrives in partially shaded and sunny areas.

Carnations, sometimes called clove pink, are a species of flowering plants native to the Mediterranean region. Although they are mostly known for being pink/purple, they also come in other colors. The flowers which symbolize friendship, grow in places with full sun.

Buttercup, sometimes called Ranunculus, is a genus of large flowering plants that includes between 60 and 600 species. The plant is poisonous to both humans and cattle and is known for growing in areas of full sun.

Butterfly weed is a species of milkweed native to North America. The plant was named because it is one of the favorites of butterflies, as well as bees. They take time to propagate but can grow in different types of soil as long as they have full sun.

Chrysanthemum is a flowering plant native to Asia and Northern Europe. Its name comes from the Greek word meaning “gold” and “flower.” It comes in a variety of colors and is found in areas of partial shade or sun.

Celosia is a genus of ornamental plants that are also edible. The flower, which​ has a flame-like appearance, gets its name from the Greek word keleos, which means “burned."

Foxglove, sometimes referred to as digitalis, is a genus of 20 species of perennials plants, most of which are native to parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The plant is grown as an ornamental plant as well as for medicinal purposes. These plants grow in all types of sun in well-drained areas.

Snowdrop is a genus of 20 small species of perennial plants known to flower during the winter. They were so-named because they resemble drops of snow and can be found as indoor and outdoor plants in cool areas. They grow in areas of partial shade or sun and well-drained areas.

Hyacinth is a genus of fragrant flowering plants native to the Eastern Mediterranean region. They are mostly used as ornamental plants and can be seen in shades of blue, indigo, and violet in areas of full sun.

Pansy is a large hybrid flower that was cultivated specifically as a garden flower. They are known for having overlapping petals in shades of red, orange, blue, purple, and white as well as bi- or tricolors​. They are known to thrive in places of full sun.

Violet is a genus of flowering plants that contains more than 500 species. They are known for blooming once in spring or summer and again in early fall. They can be found growing in areas where they get partial sun or partial shade.

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