Flowers add a pop of color to everyday life, and are an integral part of major moments like weddings, funerals and parties. But few people can distinguish one type of flower from another. Think you're a guru of blooms and blossoms? Take our quiz to find out!
Roses rank among the most popular cut flowers in the world, and are a standard gift for lovers, friends and family. They come in more than 2,000 different varieties, including pink, yellow, white and red -- the symbol of love and passion.
Tulips include more than 75 different species of plants, which grow from bulbs each spring to display blooms of red, yellow and white. The flowers have a distinctive cup shape that makes them easy to distinguish from other blooms.
Orchids are one of the largest families of flowering plants on the planet, which means there are countless varieties you can put your green thumb to work on. According to the American Orchid Society, over-watering is the biggest cause of orchid failure -- and dark green leaves are a sign that your plant is getting too little sunlight.
There are more than 70 sunflower species, and almost all are native to North America. They grow up to 6 feet tall, have thick, hairy stems and their name comes from the way their yellow petals fan out like the rays of the sun.
Part of the narcissus family, daffodils feature six petals forming a star-shaped background against another set of petals arranged to form a trumpet. They come in yellow, white, orange and pink -- and the two sets of petals are often different colors to create a two-toned effect.
Native to North America, marigolds are popular because they are super easy to grow. Their round yellow, orange or red blooms emerge in summer and last into the fall.
The lotus is an aquatic flower that can grow on mud or marsh as well as bodies of water. Its large, colorful bloom features hues of white, pink and purple. Lotus is the national flower of both India and Vietnam.
Dahlias are popular because they are not only easy to grow, but tend to hold their blooms longer than many other garden plants. Native to Mexico, this flower is related to both the daisy and the sunflower.
Chrysanthemums, or mums, are native to Asia and northern Europe. They like full sun and well-drained soil, and with proper care, will produce blossoms of white, yellow, red and other hues.
Irises bloom for just a few weeks each spring, and produce flowers in a huge variety of colors beyond the traditional purple or lavender. These perennials feature sword-shaped leaves and flowers constructed from three inner and three outer petals.
Lilacs are part of the olive family, and come in around 12 different species. The flowers, which are usually pale purple, grow in a shape called a panicle -- which can resemble a cone or a bunch of grapes.
There are 33 known species of peony native to Asia, Europe and North America. They bloom in late spring, and come in shades of purple, white, red and yellow.
Native to the southeast coast of the United States, magnolias are known for their oversized white, pink or pale purple flowers. The state flower of Louisiana, these plants also thrive in Texas and Oklahoma.
Lavender features spiky purple florets blooming from long, narrow stems. The color of the flowers can range from pale lilac to deep purple-blue. Lavender is prized for its soothing scent, and is often extracted for use in baked goods and cooking.
Also known as Wild Carrot, Queen Anne's Lace consists of large, flat clusters of delicate white blossoms. Despite its beauty, the plant is considered an invasive weed in some places because of how easily it grows.
People have been cultivating carnations for more than two millennia. These cheerful flowers have become a symbol of resistance and remembrance, and come in shades of pink, purple, red, white and yellow.
With their red and green leaves, poinsettias have become a common symbol of the Christmas season. Named for the U.S. minister who brought the plant from the U.S. to Mexico in the 19th century, the poinsettia is not poisonous to people, but can cause mild illness in animals.
Snapdragons consist of tall stems with flowers cascading down either side. These flowers are a great addition to the garden because they tend to bloom in cooler weather, ensuring you'll have blooms even as the temperature drops.
With their bright white petals and yellow centers, feverfew brightens up the backyard and is a popular choice for flower arrangements. The plant has a long history of being used as an herbal remedy.
It's hard to imagine a more exotic flower than the bird of paradise, which gets its name because it resembles a tropical bird. Native to southern Africa, it's also called the crane flower, and has thick, evergreen foliage to accompany its brilliant blossoms.
Gardeners love anemone not only for its colorful flowers, but also for the fact that it produces as many as 20 flowers from a single bulb. Even better, some varieties of anemone resemble the poppy, but are much easier to cultivate for those struggling with planting poppies.
The crocus is one of the first flowers to bloom each spring, and is often called light bulb flower because it looks like a bulb just before its petals burst open. One species of crocus gives us the spice saffron.
Native to South America, alstromeria is often called the Peruvian lily. It grows on tall stems, and each flower features six petals in red, orange, purple or white. The flowers offer lots of visual appeal thanks to flecks, spots, streaks or even an ombre effect.
The most recognizable thing about the pansy is that its petals seem to display a face thanks to overlapping petals and characteristic blotches of colors. Pansies come in shades of purple and yellow, but are also found in white and a variety of other hues.
Cherry blossoms grow on trees in Asia and the U.S. The national flower of Japan, cherry blossoms form clouds of fragrant pink and white blossoms that create an ethereal effect.
The tropical hibiscus plant presents large, showy flowers in shades of white, pink, red, orange, yellow and purple. The trumpet-shaped blooms consist of five or more broad petals.
Part of the olive family, jasmine consists of around 200 species of plants that take the shape of shrubs, vines or tall stems. The flowers grow in clusters of three, and are generally white or yellow.
There are more than 1,000 species of morning glories, which are so named because they expose their colorful flowers early each morning. The plant has heart-shaped leaves, while the flower itself is shaped like a trumpet.
Violets have heart-shaped leaves with scalloped edges, plus flowers with exactly five petals. The flowers bloom not only in purple, but also in blue, white and yellow.
The Gerbera is one of the most popular cut flowers for gifts and bouquets thanks to its bright, jewel-like color and cheerful bloom. Native to southern Africa, the plant has been cultivated to grow in gardens all around the world.
Part of the heather family, laurel features pink and white star-shaped flowers growing on evergreen shrubs. Beware -- every part of this plant is poisonous to humans and pets.
The gardenia is part of the coffee family.This tropical plants features thick glossy leaves and clusters of large flowers in shades of white, yellow and pink.
The hyacinth features dense flowers arranged in a bottle-brush or cone shape. Part of the lily family, the flowers bloom in white, pink or purple.
Aster includes around 180 species of flowers in various shades of pink, purple and lavender. The name of the plant was inspired by the Greek word for star due to the star-shaped structure of this flower.
Hydrangeas blossom on hearty shrubs on small trees. The flowers are large and showy, and come in shades of pink, purple white and blue. The large clusters of blooms are often referred to as pom-poms or mopheads.
Also known as May bells, the fragrant white blooms of lily of the valley belie its scary inner secret -- this plant smells and looks beautiful, but it's seriously poisonous.
The sweet pea is an annual climbing plant with delicate leaves and fragile blooms. It takes several weeks to germinate, but those patient enough to grow this plant are rewarded with colorful, fragrant blossoms.
Native to Asia and still very popular on that continent, the camellia consists of more than 100 different species. The flower is known for its large, fragrant blooms and thick, glossy leaves.
Part of the iris family, the gladiola is sometimes called the sword lily because of its tall, spike-like stem. The flowers come in shades of pink, purple, red, white and orange. Beware -- these plants are toxic to dogs, cats and horses -- especially the bulbs.
Azaleas are shade-tolerant shrubs that almost anyone can grow thanks to their easy maintenance requirements. The flowers of the plant each feature five petals in pink, white or lavender.
There are almost 1800 species of bergenia in shades ranging from white to red, orange and pink. These plants are known for their very large leaves, which often feature unusual designs like swirls or splotches.
The state flower of the state of Maryland, the black-eyed susan is part of the sunflower family. The yellow petals surround a brown or black central dome, and the entire flower can be up to 4 inches in diameter.
Heather is a low-growing shrub with flowers in shades of mauve or white. This plant blooms toward the end of summer, and serves as an important source of food for wild deer and sheep.
Buttercups are easy to distinguish thanks to their small stature and shiny yellow petals. These plants may look innocent, but they are seriously poisonous to both humans and animals.
The poppy famously is used to produce opium -- but only one species of this plant can produce the powerful drug. With flowers in red, white and yellow, the poppy has long been a symbol of remembrance, and is particularly associated with battles fought on fields of poppies during WWI.
Amaryllis is a tropical plant with rows of broad leaves. The plant produces flowers in cluster of 12, and each funnel or star-shaped bloom has six pink, white or purple petals.
The cyprus flower is the national flower of the island of Cyprus. It features heart-shaped leaves with serrated edges and a five-petaled flower shaped like a star.
The ultra-fragrant freesia comes in shades of white, yellow, orange pink and purple. These funnel-shaped blossoms grow on only one side of the stem, and each features six petals. The plant is native to South Africa.
Delphinium consists of more than 300 species, and most feature a characteristic blue or purple hue. The clusters of tiny flowers grow on tall stems, so be sure to stake them if you decide to include them in your garden.
Lilies come in many shades, from white to yellow, pink, purple and orange. They grow from bulbs and bloom into trumpet-shaped fragrant flowers.