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. The cotton is a tricky one for northerners – the cotton grass on our moorland gives us the wrong steer – but once seen, it’s very memorable.

  1. Some familiar and some not familiar here…laughed at the idea of being pecked in the leg by a bud…hope it’s not an Audrey!! 🙂

    1. Comfrey grows wild round here. It isn’t widespread, but it persists. Having grown up around it, I can’t see a picture of the plant without recalling its texture.

  2. Lovely idea! I got them all except the cotton plant…. I didn’t look at the leaves properly and thought it was a strawberry! LOL!

  3. I didn’t look at the answers but I did see your grading scale and laughed long at “pecked on the leg.” I had no idea about any of them, but I loved, loved, loved each one! There’s just something about a bud….I will study the answers and try to learn.

      1. My “expert eye” was totally baffled by the leaves. It was still the best quiz ever! (The best quizzes are the ones you learn from.)

  4. p.s. It took me way too long to spot that bee! I was looking for him in the chinks. I can be very good at missing the obvious.

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