To those of you who are worried that someone has already had a bash at the answer to the quiz, can I reassure you that the first person to post isn’t necessarily the one with all the right answers? Also, if you have a better idea for how to provide the answers I’m happy to receive suggestions…
Dear Readers, many of you requested a plant quiz this week, so how could I refuse? All the plants in today’s quiz can be found within a mile of my house, and many of them can be found on several continents, so maybe it will give my non-UK readers a chance. Please include the Latin name if you know it (plants have so many different local names and I don’t want any fisticuffs). We’ll start with an ID quiz, and then I’ll be asking some random questions about the plants in the pictures. Let’s begin! I shall publish the answers on Tuesday to give you a chance to get properly stuck in. Put your answers in the comments by 5 p.m. on Monday (UK time) if you want me to give you a mark, but feel free to play along anyway.
And here are some additional questions for those of you with stamina! The answer to each question is one of the plants shown above, and you can find the answers in the Wednesday Weed for each species.
16. Which plant has proved efficacious in the treatment of migraine?
17. Which plant has smooth leaves at the top and prickly leaves at the bottom, and why?
18. Which plant was Wordsworth’s favourite flower?
19. Which plant is the foodplant for the orange-tip butterfly?
20. Which plant got its common name from the blessing ‘Benedictus’?
21. Which plant has leaves that taste of cucumber?
22. Which plant was described thus, in 1913:
‘In bushy places, common; and a most mischievous weed in gardens, not only exhausting the soil with its roots, but strangling with its twining stems the plants that grow nearby’.
23. Which plant is also known as ‘pissenlit’ because of its diuretic qualities?
24. Which plant generates its own heat, to entice insects to pollinate it?
25. The seedheads of which plant were believed to be used as hairbrushes by the Banshees in the folklore of Ireland?
26. Which plant is closely related to chamomile?
27. Which plant is described thus, and is the County Plant of Berkshire?
‘White flowers hanging in severe purity from long stems’.
28.Which plant is the larval foodplant of the holly blue butterfly, and has been described as ‘the most divisive wild plant in the UK’?
29. Which plant is also known as ‘purple archangel’?
30. Which plant is ‘always green’ although its flowers are blue?