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.

Hope everyone enjoyed the ferns in February! All those submitting guesses last month did very well! This month we are back to using flowering plants, that although have recently been separated into three different genera, were previously considered to be in the same 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, March 31.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Sandhills, dry sandy soils of roadsides and fields. May-Jul.
Range: S. NC south to s. FL, west to s. MS; West Indies, Mexico to Central America.
Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Moist to dry forests, mostly at moderate to high elevations. Apr-Jun.
Range: NB and QC west to SK, south to CT, NY, WI, south to w. NC, nw. SC, n. GA, and e. TN.
Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Sandhills, woodlands, woodland borders. May-Jul.
Range: NS, ON, and MN south to s. FL and TX.