Name that plant contest

Welcome to the “Name That Plant Contest” sponsored by the Georgia Botanical Society

Click here to see the Plants used in 2015 & 2016 and the Contest Winners!

The person who is first, each month, to get all plants correct will receive either a patch or window decal. The person with the most correct answers for the year will win a prize, which may include, but is not limited to, a window decal, patch, a free one-year Georgia Botanical Society Membership, or other prize.


  • Only one guess per person will be allowed.
  • Only scientific names will be accepted (no common names).
  • Older synonyms will be accepted.

Welcome to 2017! Since we’ve been doing this contest continuously since Aug. 2008, and haven’t used the same plant twice, it becomes harder and harder to make the contest easy! This month we ARE, once again, featuring three plants that are in the same genus! Hopefully, at least one of these plants will be familiar to most folks, allowing them to get the genus! Someone asked if you can use books to obtain your answers, yes you can use books, the internet, etc., just please keep this an individual contest, no sharing of answers. Remember, only scientific names will be accepted, no common names. Good luck on your guesses and hope you enjoy this month’s plants!

You must have your answers in by midnight, January 31.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Prairies and calcareous woodlands and forests. July.
Range: OH and e. MO south to e. TN, nw. and sw. GA, FL Panhandle, and AL. /td>
Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Dry to mesic forests, rock outcrops. Jul-Sep.
Range: CT west to SD, south to c. GA and TX.
Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Disturbed areas. May-Aug.
Range: Native of Europe.