Sunday Quiz – Seedy!

By Sheila Sund from Salem, United States (Dandelion center) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Dandelion (Title Photo By Sheila Sund from Salem, United States  )

Dear Readers, there aren’t many flowers about at this time of year but there are certainly a lot of seedheads. Have a look at the photos below and see if you can match them to the species.

Answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time on Friday 1st October please (and how can we possibly nearly be in October? It’ll be Christmas next). I’ll publish the answers on Saturday 2nd October. As usual I will attempt to disappear any answers promptly so that they don’t influence those who come later, but I don’t always spot them, so you might want to write your answers down first if you’re easily influenced (like me).

So, if you think the seedhead in the first photo is wild carrot, your answer is 1) A.

Onwards, and good luck!


A) Wild Carrot (Daucus carrota)

B) Salsify (Tragopogon pratensis)

C) Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)

D) Honesty (Lunaria annua)

E) Rosebay Willowherb (Chamaenerion angustifolium)

F) Field Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

G) Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

H) Nigella/Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)

I) Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

J) Lucerne/Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

K) Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

L) Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

M) Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)

N) Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa)

O) Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

1) (Photo by Mick Lobb)

2). Photo by H. Zell

3) Photo by Frank Vincentz

4) Photo by Stephen Hurst

5) Photo by Evelyn Simak

6) Photo by Frank Vincentz

7) Photo by Jamain

8) Photo by M. Kunz, Willingen

9) Photo by H. Zell

10) Photo by Edoddridge

11) Photo by Evelyn Simak

12) Photo by Martin Ludlam

13) Photo by MilanIlic553

14) Photo by Kenneth Allan

15) Photo by Eowyn Cwper





11 thoughts on “Sunday Quiz – Seedy!

  1. Anne

    11A) Wild Carrot (Daucus carrota)
    15B) Salsify (Tragopogon pratensis)
    6C) Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
    7D) Honesty (Lunaria annua)
    8E) Rosebay Willowherb (Chamaenerion angustifolium)
    2F) Field Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
    9G) Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
    1H) Nigella/Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)
    13I) Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
    4J) Lucerne/Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
    3K) Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)
    5L) Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
    10M) Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
    14N) Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa)
    12O) Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

  2. Rachael

    Hello…. another quiz – great!

    1 H Nigella
    2 F Poppy
    3 K Buttercup
    4 J Lucerne
    5 C Meadowsweet
    6 L Nettle
    7 D Honesty
    8 E Fireweed
    9 G Shepherd’s purse
    10 M Rumex
    11 A Carrot
    12 O H. Balsam
    13 I R. Plantain
    14 N Burdock
    15 B Salisfy

    I got the last couple (Salsify and Lucerne) by a process of elimination.

    thank you!

    Near here we still have some Meadowsweet in flower, alongside alot in seed (some red seedheads, some still green) all very pretty!

    Tonbridge, Kent

      1. Bug Woman Post author

        Hi Rachael, you got 15 out of 15, and I shall credit you on the answers post, not sure how I missed this one! I think because I forgot to disappear it 🙁

  3. Sharon

    Gosh, a quiz that’s still open! Let’s see now,

    1 H
    2 F
    3 K
    4 J
    5 C
    6 L
    7 D
    8 E
    9 G
    10 M
    11 A
    12 N
    13 I

    Amazed, as an interested-most-of-my-life-Townie, how many I recognised. The rest by elimination (Wiki doesn’t do seed heads very clearly!)

    1. Bug Woman Post author

      Hi Sharon, you got 11/15, I think that 14 and 15 maybe disappeared :-). I shall credit you on the main post, I have no idea how I missed this one, but sometimes WordPress doesn’t alert me to new comments.

  4. Claire

    1H//2 F//3K//4J//5C// 6L//7D//8E//9G//10 M// 11 A// 12 O//13 I // 14 N // 15B
    Glad that I finally found time to post my answers . I did the last one( and learned a lot ) but left the answers until it was too late….


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