This week’s trivia challenge by Colfax librarian Sarah Phelan-Blamires sees how much you know about the flowers around the world, and maybe even in your own yard. To test your trivia skills against others, visit the Whitman County Library Facebook page at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays for her live trivia challenge.


  1. Also known as a sword lily, this flower was named for its resemblance to a warrior’s blade.

  2. Hydrangeas change color based on the ________ in their soil. (ex. white ones)

  3. There is one pretty purple flower that does not belong in your salad: it’s very poisonous. Which flower is it? (a) Lavender (b) Lilac (c) Violet (d) Wisteria

  4. Which country produces the most tulips annually? Do you also know from which continent tulips originate?

  5. How many times does the agave plant bloom during its lifetime?

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  1. Gladiolus. Fun Fact: In Latin it means little sword, think of “gladiator” to remember this.

  2. pH level/ acidity. Fun Fact: The more alkaline the soil, the pinker the flowers. To make pink hydrangeas turn blue (or to keep your blue ones from turning pink), increase the acidity of soil.

  3. Wisteria.

  4. Netherlands, Asia.

  5. Once. Fun Fact: The agave plant is often called "the century plant" because it can flourish for years on end without growing any flowers, for 80 or more years, depending on the variety. Then, at the end of its life, an agave plant produces a single flower and dies.

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