Seven Flower Buds (A Quiz)

Clustered buds of borage, covered in fine hairs
Bud A

I’m setting a little challenge today: how many of these buds can you identify? My selection contains hairy buds, arching, clustered, leafy, capped and felted ones. (I’m having to write more text than I want to here so that WordPress doesn’t ‘helpfully’ include the answers in the preview in The Reader. I think that should do it!)

Hairy bud of the common field poppy
Bud B
Rosa rugosa bud with feathery sepals
Bud C
Gossypium (Cotton Plant) buds have feathery caps
Bud D
Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) with an arc of buds
Bud E
Verbascum with an arching spire of buds
Bud F
Senecio 'Angel Wings' buds are furry and grey
Bud G

I’m adding in a budless picture for those who don’t like flowers but unaccountably made their way down to here (and to further conceal the answers from everyone else).

Bee sunbathes on a lichen-clad dry stone wall
Bee sunbathes on a lichen-clad dry stone wall

For more lichen pictures, click here, or if you’re impatient for the answers, read on…


Bud A: Borago officinalis (Borage; Starflower)
Bud B: Papaver rhoeas (Corn poppy)
Bud C: Rosa rugosa (Rose)
Bud D: Gossypium (Cotton Plant)
Bud E: Symphytum officinale (Comfrey)
Bud F: Verbascum, possibly V. bombyciferum (Giant Silver Mullein)
Bud G: Senecio ‘Angel Wings’

Add up your score, giving yourself 1 point for each correct answer. It’s not an end of term test, so I’m not fussed whether you know the plant by its botanical name or the common name, or if you use a different folk name than the ones I’ve listed. You can even give yourself a point for knowing the plant but temporarily forgetting its name if you like.

0: Oh dear. Either I’ve made this too hard or you wouldn’t notice a bud if it pecked you on the leg.
1-3: Budding talent
4-6: Bud-tastic
7: Never mind buds – you’re in full flower!
8 or more: Hang on… you can’t count or you cheated.

35 Replies to “Seven Flower Buds (A Quiz)”

  1. I give you an A+ for the photos, a sharp contrast to the F I get for recognizing 0 buds. But I did see the bee right away. 🙂

    1. You’re very kind, David. Eagerly waiting for things to flower brings a familiarity with buds, but I was surprised to discover how few pictures I take of them (and keep).

      1. Cotton used to grow in Contra Costa County, and would likely grow here, but is not popular for home gardens or landscapes. I have never seen it outside of cotton fields. A neighbor grows comfrey, and I know I could also, but I am unfamiliar with it just because I have not yet bothered growing it.

    1. Buds are as decorative as flowers in their way, just smaller and greener, so easy to overlook in the anticipation of what’s next. You could do a great quiz from your garden.

    1. I like the way they hang and how they open, the silky, ruffled petals breaking through and showing a flash of their colour.

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