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 once again using three plants that are in the same genus and these three plants are also all in the Composite or Asteraceae Family. In addition, pay special attention to these plants as there will be an article on this genus in the upcoming Tipularia Botanical Journal. 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, September 30.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Pastures, woodlands, thickets. Sep-Nov.
Range: MA west to ND, south to Panhandle FL and TX.
Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Prairies, open woodlands over mafic, or calcareous rocks. Apr-July.
Range: N. VA west to s. OH and MO, south to w. SC, n. GA, AL, and TX.
Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Pastures, woodlands, thickets. Aug-Nov.
Range: QC west to MB, south to NC, MS, LA, and KS.