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.

This month we ARE featuring three plants that are in the same genus! These blue beauties are probably blooming right now somewhere in their native range, in fact, we saw and photographed Plant # 1 on a recent BotSoc field trip to the Cohutta Wilderness. 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, October 31.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

oct-2016-plant-1a oct-2016-plant-1b Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Wooded slopes, coves and stream banks; mts. Sep-Oct.
Range: C. WV south through w. VA to w. NC, e. TN, nw. SC, ne. GA.
oct-2016-plant-2a oct-2016-plant-2b Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Bogs, marshes, wet hardwood forests, other moist to wet habitats. Sep-Nov.
Range: NY west to n. IL, south to Panhandle FL and e. TX.
oct-2016-plant-3a oct-2016-plant-3b Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Upland forests, sandhill/pocosin ecotones. Late Aug-Nov.
Range: Se. PA west to n. KY and w. TN, south to Panhandle FL and e. LA.