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 trying something new, for the first time we are using ferns! Good luck on your fern guesses! 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, February 28.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Moist forests and cliffs, especially over calcareous or mafic rocks. Jun-Aug.
Range: NS and NB west to ON and MN, south to GA, AL, MS, LA, and OK.
Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Moist outcrops of calcareous rocks, mostly at low to moderate elevations. May-Oct.
Range: S. QC, ON and se. MN south to c. GA, AL, MS, AR, OK, and IA.
Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Bogs, swamp forests, sandstone outcrops, roadbanks, in strongly acid soils. Jul-Sep.
Range: NH, VT, NY and MI south to SC, n. GA, and n. AL.