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Describe your favourite flower

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 209 with Model Answer:

Describe your favourite flower.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • where it is grown
  • if it is common in your country
and explain why it is your favourite flower.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
It is hard to find a man who does not love flowers. Everyone loves it for different reasons. I also love flowers and prefer sunflower most than the other flowers for some specific grounds. This is the flower that is highly beneficial for the humans and sunflower is my favourite flower.

Flowers have a special attraction to the humans. They are used to serve several other purposes as well. It is a kind of symbol of love, peace and happiness. So, people are attracted to flowers. They love to have flowers on different occasions. I am not an exception in this case but my preference is a bit dissimilar from many others, even my family members. Most of the people are fond of rose which is considered as the queen of flowers. But I like sunflower the most. This is a special flower for me and casts a different charm to the people. This is a photogenic flower and looks beautiful when blooms. The flowers are of different size and shapes and the naming as ‘Sunflower’ might have been done so as they face to the sun when bloomed.

The flower is grown around the world but France produces a large part of the global share. The flower was brought into the country and in the European continent by the Spaniards during the 16th century. They used to sunflower oil for cooking. Initially, the flowers were found in wild state and after a few centuries, the importance of the flower appeared. Then commercial production for the flower began in France. Now sunflower is one of the most important agricultural crops of France. The sunflower seeds are used for a wide number of purposes. Usually, the sunflowers grow over 10 feet in height and summer is the best time for the bloom. So, when the flower is grown commercially, the growers harvest the flowers by July each year. The vast fields look gorgeous with the bloomed sunflowers but the scene lasts for a short time. Such scenarios are now places in view cards. Mostly the village areas are used for massive sunflower production in France.

Sunflower is one of the major products of France and mostly the seeds are used to manufacture cooking oils. The sunflower oils are healthy and free of the other toxic issues that may cause physical disorder after consumption. Moreover, the seeds are also used for beauty products and cosmetic. The flower sticks look stunning when they are installed in or out of any house. Thereby, some people grow sunflower plants on their lawn or small garden beside or before the house. Sunflower oil is widely used here for its easy digestion feature and other health benefits like improving the brain, removing physical disability or preventing cardiovascular diseases. Besides, the sunflower seeds are enriched with vitamin E which is essential for our daily needs. The use has become too common in France that the sunflower and its products are found almost everywhere across the country.

I firmly believe that I am a bit different from the ordinary people and my choices are not similar to the choice of others. Most of the people like to prefer some regular flowers but in this case, my choice is completely different. I love sunflower while many of the people will consider the flower as a commercial product for its random commercial use. The fully grown flowers face to the sun and swings in the air and this is adorable to look at. I also like the flower for its numerous benefits. Most of the other flowers do not have any use except being used for decorations but sunflower is opposite to them. I like to think practically and do all the things which are beneficial to me. So, in preferring my favourite flower, I will pick the one which will be advantageous to me. Sunflower owns all the features I admire and find useful.

Sample Answer 2:
Lavender is one of most prominent flowers in my country. It comes with a gorgeous look. This is mostly an ornamental flower but has some other benefits as well. This is a pleasant question for me. Thank you for asking it. I will describe the flower in brief now.

Lavender is also known as Lavandula. This is flowering plant and belongs to the mint family. Thus the smell of the flower is completely different from the other flower plants. The flowers are grown both commercially and individual level. When it is cultivated in private level, it is aimed to use the flowers for decorative purposes only. But when it is on the commercial level, the purposes are dissimilar like extraction of oils etc.

Lavender is available around the world in various quantity. It mostly requires a temperate climate. And so the places with temperate weather are most suitable to grow the plants. Hence, it is mostly found in the European region. Besides, the plant is also available in some parts of Africa, Mediterranean regions, some places of Cape Verde, Canary Islands, some parts of Asia and India. The cultivation process is dissimilar than other flower plants. Growing lavender needs an open space and the right amount of sunlight.

Yes, this is a common plant in Australia. There are wide areas where the plant is grown. Most of the cases, the plants are cultivated for commercial purposes here. There are some other people who grow lavender on their private properties. In that case, the aim is just to use the flower plants as ornaments. They change the look of the house or of the place. But commercially this is used as a culinary herb. The application of lavender oil is highly beneficial for human health. So, it needs a huge production. Without massive planting, this is impossible to get the desired amount of oil that is used for various purposes like mosquito repellent, bathing materials etc.

Lavender is my preferred flower. I am attracted with the fragrance of the flower most. Besides, it provides a very pretty look. In fact, I love the large lavender garden before my residence which has increased the beauty of my house. The short-living nature of the plant is another feature that makes it more attractive to people. The flower hue brings a sense of peace inside my mind. Cooking with lavender helps to bring an exceptional test to the food. This smells like lemon or citrus when lavender buds are applied on it. The lavender oil is also beneficial for removing sleep disturbances too. Most importantly, the lavender fields look really striking when the flowers are bloomed. For all such reasons, this is my preferable flower and I have a moderate garden where the plants are greatly taken care of.

More Ideas for this cue card topic:

Flowers are a symbol of beauty. Each of the countries in the world has different types of flowers. They are all different in terms of colour and fragrance. Often the flowers are used as precious gifts in occasions. The cue card wants to know about the favourite flower of the candidate. Here are some extra clues for the candidates to describe the favourite flower.

1. Camellia is my favourite flower. The plant is available across the country and mostly blooms in spring. The flower is used for various purposes and taking with the leaves is a tradition in Japan.

2. In the USA, a wide variety of flower plants are available and I prefer Tulip most among all varieties. This is an identical flower plant and blooms during summer and fall. The fragrance of this flower is outstanding.

3. The roses are available in the UK though they are grown in many other parts of the world. But from a long time ago, the flower is considered as the British flower and comes in several varieties. The flower is available throughout the year.

4. I love Jasmine for its extraordinary smell and shape. In fact, Jasmine is the pride of India. The flower has different types of application and mostly used for making garland and house decorations.

5. Orchid is a remarkable flower in China and has occupied my favourite list for some reasons. It represents some special matters of the Chinese culture like integrity, friendship and nobility. Considering the fact, the flower is respected widely in the country.

6. Various types of flower plants are found in Vietnam but I live the peach flower most for some reasons. This is available only in northern part of the land and it is available in various colours like the red, pink or pale peach. But I love the red one most for its beauty.

7. Daisies symbolize purity and a common flower plant across New Zealand. The plant is also available in some other regions too. I love the flower particularly for its colour and light smell.

8. I love Frangipani more than any other flowers. It is available in Australia and mostly blooms during December to April.

9. White Rose is a special type of flower that is found around the world but in Germany, it has some special meaning. I love the flower for its striking beauty. This flower symbolizes love.

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