Phacelia congesta (caterpillar) is named for its coiled flower clusters. Appropriately enough, once open, the purple flowers attract butterflies. Photo by Sarah Schmidt
Limnanthes douglasii (poached egg plant) in the Annual Border as part of BBG's Children's Garden 100th anniversary celebrations. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
Lagurus ovatus (bunny tails) in the Annual Border. This grass produces soft, fluffy-looking flower heads. In fall they can be cut and dried for winter bouquets. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Black Stem' (elephant ear) in the Annual Border. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
Ptilotus exaltatus 'Joey' (lamb's tail) in the Annual Border. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
The fruits of Solanum melongena (golden egg tree) look like chicken eggs at first. Eventually they ripen and turn yellow. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
Pennisetum villosum (feathertop) in the Annual Border. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
To honor 100 years of children’s nature education at BBG, Annual Border curator Wayken Shaw has filled this year’s beds with plants with plenty of kid appeal. Many were chosen for their whimsical, evocative common names.
Can you guess what these plants are called?
B. Mermaid tails
C. Serpent’s tongue
A. Gumdrop flower
B. Bunny tails
C. Gnome’s beard
A. Lemon drop
B. Buttered popcorn
C. Poached egg
A. Dragon wings
B. Elephant ears
C. Trojan shield
A. Roman candle
B. Bottle brush
C. Lamb’s tail
A. Golden egg
B. Pearl earrings
C. Ghost tears
B. Pipe smoke
C. Aristotle’s eyebrows
Thanks for taking the quiz. How many plants did you correctly identify?