Gardening Quiz - Perennials - Perennials 1 (Questions)

This is the first quiz in our series about perennial plants. You will be given a chance to see if you recognize Alstromeria, Foxglove and Clematis and at the same time we hope you will digest a little about the habits and cultivation of this diverse range of plants.

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1. What is the botanical name of the Peruvian Lily?
[ ] Alstroemeria
[ ] Alternaria
[ ] Anchusa
[ ] Anemone
2. What type of soil must Rhododendrons have in order to thrive?
[ ] Acid
[ ] Alkaline
[ ] Clayey
[ ] Sandy
3. The plant in the photograph belongs to a genus that contains garden plants grown for both their flowers and their foliage. What is it?
[ ] Euonymous
[ ] Heuchera
[ ] Mahonia
[ ] Skimmia
4. No herbaceous border is complete without this beautiful plant. What is its common name?
[ ] Foxdress
[ ] Foxglove
[ ] Foxhat
[ ] Foxsock
5. Which small tree flowers early in the Spring and has flowers like those in the picture?
[ ] Abelanchier
[ ] Acelanchier
[ ] Amelanchier
[ ] Apelanchier
6. What species of Euonymous is this evergreen shrub?
[ ] Forchinious
[ ] Fortanimous
[ ] Fortonia
[ ] Fortunei
7. Penstemons are known for their ability to flourish in what type of conditions?
[ ] Dry
[ ] Humid
[ ] Wet
[ ] Windy
8. Why does it pay to take care around Berberis plants?
[ ] Branches are thorny
[ ] Flowers harbour wasps
[ ] Foliage is irritating
[ ] Whole plant is poisonous
9. From where do most species of Clematis originate?
[ ] Australia
[ ] China and Japan
[ ] Europe
[ ] South America
10. Gunnera is sometimes known as what?
[ ] Dinosaur food
[ ] Elephant food
[ ] Hippopotamus food
[ ] Rhinoceros food
Gardening Quiz - Perennials - Perennials 1 (Answers)
1. What is the botanical name of the Peruvian Lily?
[x] Alstroemeria
[ ] Alternaria
[ ] Anchusa
[ ] Anemone
2. What type of soil must Rhododendrons have in order to thrive?
[x] Acid
[ ] Alkaline
[ ] Clayey
[ ] Sandy
The plants are ericaceous and as such they will not tolerate alkaline soils.
3. The plant in the photograph belongs to a genus that contains garden plants grown for both their flowers and their foliage. What is it?
[ ] Euonymous
[x] Heuchera
[ ] Mahonia
[ ] Skimmia
"Heucheraholics" in the New Forest offer a splendid range of these plants for your garden. Their website is at http://heucheraholics.co.uk/
4. No herbaceous border is complete without this beautiful plant. What is its common name?
[ ] Foxdress
[x] Foxglove
[ ] Foxhat
[ ] Foxsock
5. Which small tree flowers early in the Spring and has flowers like those in the picture?
[ ] Abelanchier
[ ] Acelanchier
[x] Amelanchier
[ ] Apelanchier
6. What species of Euonymous is this evergreen shrub?
[ ] Forchinious
[ ] Fortanimous
[ ] Fortonia
[x] Fortunei
7. Penstemons are known for their ability to flourish in what type of conditions?
[x] Dry
[ ] Humid
[ ] Wet
[ ] Windy
Many of the species come from desert regions
8. Why does it pay to take care around Berberis plants?
[x] Branches are thorny
[ ] Flowers harbour wasps
[ ] Foliage is irritating
[ ] Whole plant is poisonous
Berberis is a good choice if you want to create an inpenetrable barrier.
9. From where do most species of Clematis originate?
[ ] Australia
[x] China and Japan
[ ] Europe
[ ] South America
10. Gunnera is sometimes known as what?
[x] Dinosaur food
[ ] Elephant food
[ ] Hippopotamus food
[ ] Rhinoceros food