Identify These Flower Types from One Image in 7 Minutes

By: Narra Jackson
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Close your eyes and imagine a young girl in Ancient Egypt, standing by the fertile soil of the Nile river, picking flowers to arrange in a bouquet. The earliest known floral arrangement dates back to the Ancient Egyptians. The Ancient Romans and Greeks loved to use flowers to create beautiful garlands and wreaths. In Ancient China people were using flowers for religious purposes and art. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, monks began growing beautiful flower and herb gardens, Over time flowers were used in various ways, in art, clothing, and for decorations. 

Throughout time and history, flowers were assigned specific meanings. Even today, certain flowers are used to express specific sentiments. For example, red roses symbolize beauty, carnations: love/women, geranium: friendship, and lavender: devotion or virtue. Different flowers should be used for separate occasions. For example, there are specific flowers for funerals that you probably wouldn't want to use for a wedding such as white gladiolas. Instead, opt for orange or red roses which represent energy and passion. 

Many people have a favorite flower. Some popular choices are sunflowers, daffodils, roses, carnations, tulips, daisies, orchids, and magnolias. Do you have a favorite flower or do you just love them all? How knowledgeable are you when it comes to different types of flowers? Think you can identify a flower by its picture?  Prove it by taking this quiz! 

Sweet Pea is highly susceptible to viral, bacterial, and fungal infections, which can decrease the harvest of the plant profoundly. The scent of sweet pea is used in the perfume industry. Flowers of sweet pea are used in the manufacture of soaps and lotions.

Mississippi's state flower is the Magnolia. Magnolia flowers don't produce actual nectar, but they do produce large quantities of pollen. The pollen is high in protein and beetles use it for food.

The name lavender comes from the Latin verb, lavare, which means to wash. Over 2,500 years ago, lavender was used in Egypt during the mummification process. The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes, and other pests.

This is a wild carrot in many ways. If you were to dig up the roots, they would smell just like cultivated carrots that we all eat today. Be very careful with this plant. While it may not be toxic itself, it looks very similar to poison hemlock and Western Qatar hemlock!

Poinsettia's main attraction is not its flowers, but its leaves. The flowers of the plant are the yellow clustered buds in the center, and the leaves change color in response to the flowering of this plant. Red is the most popular color, accounting for roughly three quarters of all sales nationwide, followed by white and pink.

Lisianthus is found mostly in the warm regions of the Southern United States, as well as Mexico, the Carribbean and northern South America. Lisianthus is mostly used in horticulture as an ornamental decoration and as a potted indoor plant.

The word tulip comes from a Persian word, delband, which means turban, probably because the flower is somewhat turban-shaped. The Netherlands is the world's main producer of commercially sold tulips, producing as many as 3 billion bulbs annually, mostly for export.

The name delphinium comes from the word for dolphin in Latin, which originally came from the Greek. It is named due to the plant’s bud and spur that actually resembles the shape of a dolphin! There are over 400 species of delphinium.

The name calendula is a modern Latin diminutive of calendae, meaning “little calendar,” “little clock,” or “little weather-glass.” Marigolds have been grown in the gardens of Europe since the 12th century.

Bourvardia was named after Charles Bouvard, the personal physician of Louis XIII and the superintendent of the Royal Gardens in Paris. Modern varieties of bouvardia are called Pink Luck, Albatross, and Royal Katty. Bouvardia represents enthusiasm.

Daisies belong to one of the largest families of plants in the world. They are found everywhere on earth, except for Antartica. The daisy family, which scientists have named Compositae, was classified in 1792.

Lovers of hydrangea beware: do not eat them, they are moderately toxic. Lana del Rey gives this flower a call-out in her song, "Old Money." In Asia, giving someone pink hydrangeas symbolizes that you are the beat to their heart.

Aster is a herbaceous plant that belongs to the sunflower family. Previously more than 600 species of plants were known as asters, before the implementation of modern and molecular methods of analysis. The name "aster" originates from the Greek word "aster," which means "star."

Each color of a carnation has a unique meaning: white - purity, yellow - disappointment, pink - mother’s love, red - true love, and purple - capriciousness. Carnations are sometimes used as flavor agents in beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages.

The flower, bird of paradise, is scientifically called Strelitzia retinae. This is one of the most recognized tropical plants. Its orange sepals and purple petals emerge from light green stalks which resembles its namesake, a colorful bird with long feathers.

A common form of heather was used as a source of yellow-orange pigment for coloring wool in the past. Heather is used as a flavoring agent in the making of beer, wine, and tea. Honey made of common heather has jelly-like texture and a strong taste.

Chrysanthemum is a compound inflorescence. It is made of many individual flowers, called florets. Florets in the center of the flower are called disk florets, while the ones that surround the center are ray florets.

Like potatoes, tomatoes, and corn, sunflowers didn't originate in Europe. They were cultivated in North America. They were brought to Russia by royalty because sunflower oil was the only oil that wasn't banned during Lent.

The Greek meaning of the word "anthurium" is "tail flower." The heart-shaped open flower symbolizes hospitality. Other names for anthurium, due to a specific shape or color, are painted tongue, tail flowers, flamingo flowers, boy flowers, and painter’s palette.

Snapdragon is known scientifically as antirrhinum. Flowers come in just about every color of the rainbow, including red, pink, white, yellow, orange, and lavender. Some of these flowers are also bi-colored.

Iris means "rainbow" in the Greek language. The name refers to the iris's ability to produce flowers in a variety of colors. Iris rhizome, also known as "orris root," is used commonly in the industry of perfumes and deodorants.

The fruit of camellia is a dry capsule which is divided into as many as 5 segments. Each segment is filled with 1 to 8 seeds. Japanese camellia is the state flower of Alabama. Leaves of camellia are used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat asthma .

Orchids produce several million of seeds per flower. Orchids also have the largest variety of flowers, with the number of officially documented types around 25,000+. Each orchid flower is bilaterally symmetric, which means that it can be divided into two equal parts.

Freesia is a herbaceous plant that belongs to the iris family. It originated from the tropical regions of South Africa. Freesia is named after Dr. Friedrich Freese, a German physician who studied this and other plants.

Cooked and sweetened petals of peony are eaten in China as a dessert. Fresh petals can be eaten in a salad or used as a garnish for lemonade. Peony is one of the most popular flowers used in wedding bouquets. It is also the official flower for the 12th wedding anniversary.

People started cultivating crocus in 500 BC. Crocus can be used as a spice, medicine, and dye. The vast majority of crocus species are found abundantly in the wild. Sadly, however, certain species are threatened by habitat loss.

The laurel flower is the official Pennsylvania state flower. The mountain laurel is considered one of the most beautiful of native American shrubs. The mountain laurel plant was originally brought to Europe as an ornamental plant during the 18th century.

South Africa and Holland are among the greatest producers of amaryllis in the world. Amaryllis is also called "naked lady," because it produces flowers before its leaves on the "naked" leafless flowering stalks.

Alstroemeria is also commonly called the Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas, or Parrot Lily. It is a South American genus of about 50 species of flowering plants, mainly from the cool, mountainous regions in the Andes. Alstroemeria stops producing flowers if it gets too hot.

Lilies can be white, yellow, orange, red, purple, or pink in color and can be covered with different types of freckles. Only white and tiger lilies are known for their beautiful smell. Other lilies are odorless.

The reasoning behind the pansy being the symbol of forethought is in both the flower’s name and appearance. The pansy derives its name from the French word pensée, which means thought. The French also believed that the pansy resembled a human face.

Cherry blossoms are Japan's national flower. They are known as "sakura" in Japanese. These pale blooming flowers are a symbol of spring, renewal, and hope. Picnicking beneath these trees is a Japanese tradition.

The lotus is worshiped and considered a sacred flower in Buddhism. Depending on the number of petals, it symbolizes either cosmic harmony (eight petals) or spiritual illumination (thousand petals).

The flower of Hibiscus is edible and has a tangy, citrusy taste. It is considered a delicacy in Mexico. Certain species of hibiscus are also beginning to be used more widely as a natural source of food coloring. It is a popular natural diuretic.

Dahlias were originally grown as a food crop because of their edible tubers. People have suggested that they taste like a cross between carrot, celery, and potatoes. Dahlias belong to the Asteraceae (Aster) family, along with daisies and sunflowers.

In many regions of the world, the anemone flower is thought to be a harbinger of spring. According to Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, this coincided with the return of the swallow every year. The anemone is also sometimes called the windflower.

Ranunculus is known by some as the "swamp buttercup." The Ranunculus lives on the side of streams and ponds and can suffer if there is not adequate rainfall or water nearby. It is an important flower for bees.

Roses can be given on many occasions and are not only reserved for your sweetheart. Each color has a meaning and can be given to family, friends and acquaintances.

The statice is an exotic flower that belongs to the family Plumbaginaceae. Statice flowers are popular in dried flower arrangements.

An ancient name for the gladiolus was xiphium, which originated from the Greek word xiphos, that means sword. The gladiolus is the birth flower for August. Some parts of the gladiolus plant are poisonous if ingested.

Jasmine is a type of flowering plant that belongs to the family of olives. The scent of jasmine produces calming and relaxing effects on one's psyche and has sedative properties. Jasmine can survive 15 to 20 years in the wild.

In the language of flowers, morning glory signifies unrequited love and affection. Its seeds are used as a laxative in traditional Chinese medicine. The seeds of some species contain toxic compounds that can induce hallucinogenic effects when consumed in large doses.

Violets have been cultivated for centuries, with the earliest known use of the flowers dating back to Ancient Greece in 500 B.C. The Greeks used violets in their wine, food, and medicine, and actually loved the flower so much that it became the symbol of Athens.

Cypress is native to Central America, the northern tropics of South America, and Mexico. Cypress has many names. The flowers are called morning glories, star glories, cupid flowers, cardinal creepers, cardinal vines, and hummingbird vines.

People who raise chickens believe that daffodils prevent hens from laying eggs, so they avoid planting daffodils on their land. Ancient Romans cultivated daffodils heavily and believed that the sap extracted from the flowers possesses healing properties.

King protea blooms during the warmest time of year. Its flowers are a rich source of nectar, which attracts a ton of different kinds of animals, including sunbirds, sugar birds, honeybees, monkey beetles, rove beetles, and scarab beetles.

Gerbera flowers were named after Traugott Gerber, a botanist and physician from the 1700s. Gerbera daisies are the fifth-most-used flower in cut arrangements and bouquets, after roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, and tulips.

Lilacs have one of the shortest flowering periods - they only flower for about three weeks in spring. Some varieties of lilac, however, bloom multiple times a year, like the Josee and the Boomerang. Thomas Jefferson loved lilacs.

The apple blossom is both Michigan's and Arkansas's state flower. The flower was chosen as the state flower by the Michigan legislature in 1897, and the variety is Pyrus coronaria, or crabapple, because it is native to Michigan.

The stock flower is a native of southwestern Greece and southern Albania, in the Mediterranean. The stock flower is a low-branching annual herb. Stock flower is also called the Virginia stock flower.

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