RIP Alex Trebek: 10 Best “Jeopardy” Flower Questions

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By Jill Brooke

RIP Alex Trebek who as one writer wrote, “maintained a safe space for intelligence and decency.” 

In honor of the beloved host for over 36 years, here are 10 questions that were used over the years about flowers, gardening, and horticultural trivia. 


1)Sharing its name with an eye part, this flower’s name is from the Greek for a rainbow.

2)Each year, Holland, Michigan holds a festival honoring this flower?

3) Ikebana is a traditional art of arranging flowers in this country

4) Also called a yellow daisy, this black-eyes flower bears a woman’s name

5) The yoga position that shares its name with this water lily that was sacred to the ancient Egyptians.

6) April’s birth month flower is this sweet climbing one a member of the legume family x

7) The genus Tagetes is made up of this flower with gold in its name

8) The hybrid tea is the most popular class of this flower

9) Traditionally Tahitian men and women wear the Tiare Tahiti, a type of this shrub flower behind the left ear if they’re happily in love the right ear if they’re still looking for that someone special.

10) The name of this autumn bloomer is from the Greek for gold and flower.

And for the final Jeopardy question:

Dorothy and her friends encountered a field of these flowers that made them fall asleep. 

Rest in peace Alex Trebek. For many years, many of us not only watched “Jeopardy”  but also watched it with our parents and grandparents. It never felt wasteful watching this show because you always learned something. 

Trebek died from pancreatic cancer but his last day was enjoyed with his wife sitting on their favorite swing overlooking the horizon. 

He taped enough shows so that we can enjoy his talent until December 25th. 


Answers: What are Iris, Tulip, Japan, Black-eyed Susan, Lotus flower, Sweet Pea, Marigold, Rose, Gardenia, Crysanthemum and Poppies.


Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.