Gardening Quiz - Perennials - Perennials 4 (Questions)

Perennial plants come in many shapes, sizes and colours. Some are easy to grow and some are best left to the "Experts"! Can you differentiate between different species? Do you know the ones that best suit your garden conditions? This quiz about perennial garden plants provides an introduction to a range of different types including Azalea, Hypericum, Scabious and Gypsophila.

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1. What is the common name for Hypericums?
[ ] St John's wort
[ ] St Luke's weed
[ ] St Paul's plant
[ ] St Peter's herb
2. What is the scientific name for the Pincushion Flower?
[ ] Campanula
[ ] Hyacinthella
[ ] Scabiosa
[ ] Torenia
3. How quickly would you expect "Morning Glory" to grow?
[ ] Very slowly
[ ] Slowly
[ ] Fast
[ ] Very Fast
4. Phormiums have a common name that includes their country of origin - what is it?
[ ] China cotton
[ ] Greece wool
[ ] India hemp
[ ] New Zealand flax
5. What type of soil do Azaleas require in order to thrive?
[ ] Acid
[ ] Alkaline
[ ] Permanently wet
[ ] Predominantly dry
6. Liatris belong to which family of plants
[ ] Asteracea
[ ] Cruciferae
[ ] Solanaceae
[ ] Violaceae
7. "Baby's-breath" is much loved by flower arrangers. What is its scientific name?
[ ] Alstroemeria
[ ] Artemesia
[ ] Celosia
[ ] Gypsophila
8. Holly was often planted in a hedge amongst other species for what purpose?
[ ] As a marker
[ ] To attract insects
[ ] To encourage birdlife
[ ] To deter lifestock
9. Incarvillea has a common name of what?
[ ] Chinese trumpet flower
[ ] Himalayan drum flower
[ ] Japanese cornet flower
[ ] Tibetan horn flower
10. By what name do gardeners usually know Limoniums?
[ ] Achillea
[ ] Helichrysum
[ ] Statice
[ ] Strawflower

 

Gardening Quiz - Perennials - Perennials 4 (Answers)
1. What is the common name for Hypericums?
[x] St John's wort
[ ] St Luke's weed
[ ] St Paul's plant
[ ] St Peter's herb
The word "wort" in a plant name (such as liverwort or milkwort) usually infers that the plant was used for medicinal purposes.
2. What is the scientific name for the Pincushion Flower?
[ ] Campanula
[ ] Hyacinthella
[x] Scabiosa
[ ] Torenia
3. How quickly would you expect "Morning Glory" to grow?
[ ] Very slowly
[ ] Slowly
[ ] Fast
[x] Very Fast
A single plant can grow many feet and cover several fence panels in its first year.
4. Phormiums have a common name that includes their country of origin - what is it?
[ ] China cotton
[ ] Greece wool
[ ] India hemp
[x] New Zealand flax
5. What type of soil do Azaleas require in order to thrive?
[x] Acid
[ ] Alkaline
[ ] Permanently wet
[ ] Predominantly dry
Azaleas belong to the group of plants known as "Ericaceous". They will not tolerate lime in the soil.
6. Liatris belong to which family of plants
[x] Asteracea
[ ] Cruciferae
[ ] Solanaceae
[ ] Violaceae
Liatris are closely related to annual Asters found in bedding displays and used as cut flowers.
7. "Baby's-breath" is much loved by flower arrangers. What is its scientific name?
[ ] Alstroemeria
[ ] Artemesia
[ ] Celosia
[x] Gypsophila
8. Holly was often planted in a hedge amongst other species for what purpose?
[x] As a marker
[ ] To attract insects
[ ] To encourage birdlife
[ ] To deter lifestock
A single holly planted in a hedge was often used to indicate a parish boundary or to show the route of a footpath.
9. Incarvillea has a common name of what?
[x] Chinese trumpet flower
[ ] Himalayan drum flower
[ ] Japanese cornet flower
[ ] Tibetan horn flower
10. By what name do gardeners usually know Limoniums?
[ ] Achillea
[ ] Helichrysum
[x] Statice
[ ] Strawflower