Sunday Quiz – Spring Ephemerals

Dear Readers, spring ephemerals are woodland plants that come into flower very early, before the leafy canopy has developed, and then disappear. They are amongst my very favourite plants, and so today I thought I’d see how good you are at identifying them. This quiz is a simple case of matching the name to the photo.

As usual, you will have until 5 p.m. UK time on Friday 4th February to put your answers in the comments, and the results will be published on Saturday 5th February. I will disappear your answers as soon as I see them, but there may be a delay, so you might want to write your answers on a piece of paper first if you’re easily influenced!

So if you think Photo One is of Plant Species A, your answer is 1) A)

Onwards! And I hope you enjoy the photos – they remind me that spring is on the way….

Plant Species

A) Lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)

B) Spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum)

C) Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

D) Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

E) Wood anemone (Anemone nemerosa)

F) Squill (Scilla siberica)

G) English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

H) Spring crocus (Crocus vernus)

I) Cowslip (Primula veris)

J) Oxlip (Primula elatior)

K) Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)

L) Common Dog Violet (Viola riviniana)



Photo Two by Evelyn Simak from


Photo 3 By © Laila Remahl 2004. - Photographer, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Photo 4 by Roger Jones from


Photo  Five by Tony Alter, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Six by Martin Olsson (mnemo on en/sv wikipedia and commons,, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo by Penny Mayes 


Photo 8 by MichaelMaggs, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Nine by By Stu's Images, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Photo Ten by Björn S..., CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo 11 by Antje Shcultner at


Photo Twelve by Eirian Evans 








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