Sunday Quiz – Beastly Plants

___ Rose

Dear Readers, many plants are named after animals. Sometimes it’s because there’s something in the colour of a flower or the shape of a leaf that reminded our ancestors of a particular creature. Sometimes it’s because the word has gradually changed over time, or has been mistranslated. And sometimes, it’s because there’s a particular legend associated with the plant. Whatever the reason, our ‘weeds’ contain a positive menagerie of creatures, and this week I want you to fill in the blanks with the name of the animal that is missing. Simple as that!

So, if you think that the plant in the photo above is a Cat Rose, all you’d have to do is put 1) Cat in your answer. Or alternatively you could put 1) Dog, which would be correct :-).

Update – I seem to have missed out number 11! Just send your answers as numbered, I’ll know what you mean.

As usual, please put your answers in the comments by Monday 5 p.m. UK time if you want to be marked (and name-checked on Tuesday!) or feel free to play along on your own if you’d rather. If you are putting your answers into the comments, I suggest you write them down first to avoid being influenced by anyone speedy who has already submitted their answers.

And have fun! I really enjoyed going back through six years of Wednesday Weeds to find these examples for you, and I could easily have done another twenty. It seems that animals are everywhere!

1)_____radish

2) Black hore_____

3) Corn______

4) Shining ______bill

5) Ragged _____

6) ___glove

7) Shoo___ plant

8) ______ Puzzle tree

9) ____horn Sumac

10) ____s Breeches

12) _____’s bugloss

13) River Water ____foot

14) ______ plant

15) ___wood

16) ____ apple

17) Prickly ___thistle

18) ________’s ear

19) ___weed

20) __-eye Daisy

10 thoughts on “Sunday Quiz – Beastly Plants

  1. Anne

    There is no 11!
    These are all guesses:
    1- horse; 2- hound; 3- ? 4-hawk; 5- robin; 6-fox; 7- fly; 8- monkey; 9- stag; 10- bear; 12- viper; 13- crow; 14- hen and chicken; 15- ?; 16- crab; 17- sow; 18- ?; 19- ?; 20- ox

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  2. Rayna

    I’m going to have a go at this, but if I get them wrong it’s my memory not your blogs at fault! 

    1) Horseradish
    2) Black Horehound
    3) Corncockle
    4) Shining Cranesbill
    5) Ragged Robin
    6) Foxglove
    7) Shoofly plant
    8) Monkey Puzzle tree
    9) Stags horn Sumac
    10) Bear’s Breeches
    12) Viper’s Bugloss
    13) River Water Crowfoot
    14) Spider plant
    15) Dogwood
    16) Crab apple
    17) Prickly Sow thistle
    18) Elephant’s Ear
    19) Hogweed
    20) Bird-eye Daisy

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  3. Rayna

    1) Horseradish
    2) Black Horehound
    3) Corncockle
    4) Shining Cranesbill
    5) Ragged Robin
    6) Foxglove
    7) Shoofly plant
    8) Monkey Puzzle tree
    9) Stags horn Sumac
    10) Bear’s Breeches
    12) Viper’s Bugloss
    13) River Water Crowfoot
    14) Spider plant
    15) Dogwood
    16) Crab apple
    17) Prickly Sow thistle
    18) Elephant’s Ear
    19) Hogweed
    20) Bird-eye Daisy

    I wanted to pop in a picture of a Fat Hen plant to show I’m paying attention, but can’t get it to load!
    Thank you for adding fun to my Sunday morning. Am still in purdah because of being vulnerable, so a bit of lively interest comes very welcome!
    Wishing you well – and stay safe please. x

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  4. FEARN

    My answers would duplicate one of the above so I have been pipped. Can we have guesses about the missing question? I would go for Pignut or Hawksbeard

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  5. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    1 Horse
    2 Hound
    3 Cockle
    4 Cranes
    5 Robin
    6 Fox
    7 ? 🤔
    8 Monkey (Araucaria – used to set the Guardian crossword)
    9 Stag
    10 ? 🤔
    11 —-
    12 Viper
    13 Crow?
    14 Spider
    15 Dog?
    16 Crab
    17 Sow
    18 Mouse?
    19 Hog
    20 Ox
    🤞🤞

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  6. Liz Norbury

    1 Horseradish
    2 Black horehound
    3 Corncockle
    4 Shining cranesbill
    5 Ragged robin
    6 Foxglove
    7 Shoofly plant
    8 Monkey puzzle tree
    9 ?
    10 Bear’s breeches
    11 There is no number 11!
    12 Viper’s bugloss
    13 River water crowfoot
    14 ?
    15 Dogwood
    16 Crab apple
    17 Prickly sow thistle
    18 Elephant’s ear
    19 Hogweed
    20 Ox eye daisy

    I really enjoyed this quiz, especially as it included one of my favourite plants, viper;s bugloss. There’s a couple which I haven’t been able to identify, and I did think about waiting for a few more hours before sending my answers, in case I suddenly remember the missing ones – but I’ve done that a couple of times before and ended up missing the deadline!

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  7. Anna

    Know I’m late but enjoyed trying to figure them out so will post as a sign of my appreciation nonetheless. Adore your blog, first found it when I was trying to figure out what annual mercury was and have learnt so much since!

    1)horse
    2)?
    3 cockle
    4) cranes?
    5) robin
    6) fox
    7)??
    8) monkey
    9) stag
    10)
    12) vipers
    13)
    14) spider
    15) dog
    16) crab
    17) sow
    18) elephant
    19) ?
    20) ox

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