Dear Readers, what a clever, clever bunch you are! Winning this week is FEARN with 29 out of 30 correct (and you’ll kick yourself when you see which one was wrong). Liz actually answered all the questions correctly, and would have got 30 out of 30 if it wasn’t for getting the answers to questions 17 and 20 the wrong way round :-(, so I have had to give a score of 28 out of 30, equal with Fran and Bobby Freelove, who win the prize for the quickest response of the week. Sarah got a very respectable 15 out of 15 for the photos, but didn’t do quite so well on the second lot of questions. So, thank you to everyone who took part and commented, and watch out for next week’s quiz. It’s going to be a humdinger (whatever that is).
1. Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum)
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?
And finally, for bonus points: three of these plants are members of the daisy family (Asteraceae), but which ones?