Pick of the bunch: children's favourite flowers
The sight and smell of flowers can have powerful emotional connections. But how do children feel about them? Can they recognise a daffodil? When was the last time they smelt a rose? We've conducted a survey to discover what connections children have with flowers.
A rosy picture
More than 1,000 boys and girls across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, aged eight to 15, took part in the survey. When asked, 21 per cent chose the rose as their favourite flower. This was closely followed by the sunflower (16 per cent), and daffodils and daisies (7 per cent each) took third place.
But there were some national and regional differences. Children in Wales chose the daffodil as their favourite flower, whereas children in Northern Ireland had both the daisy and the sunflower as joint first. Children in the East Midlands also chose the sunflower over the rose as their favourite.
Scent, sight and memories
We asked the children about what made their favourite flower so special. The top reasons they picked were: the colour, shape and smell of the flower.
What’s more, some picked their favourite flower because they had an emotional connection to it. 15 per cent of children said their favourite flower brought back a nice memory and 14 per cent said the flower they chose was loved by a family member or friend.
More flower facts
40 per cent surveyed said they had smelt a flower in the last week
82 per cent of children said they had a garden with flowers in it
76 per cent said they had grown a flower from seed
44 per cent said they had flowers in the house most of the time
What’s in a name?
We also asked the children if they could name a flower when shown a picture. Most children could identify sunflowers, roses, daisies, daffodils, buttercups, and bluebells.
They found other flowers harder to name and less than a quarter could identify a carnation, crocus, orchid or sweet pea.
" It’s really important to get children into green spaces, even if they don’t have a garden, where they can develop their interest and connection to nature. It’s encouraging to see that children can identify common garden flowers and, for many, flowers have positive emotional connections. "