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 2013 & 2014 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, at the beginning of a new year, we are doing something a little different. I’m using 3 plants that I’ve been wanting to use for some time now, but haven’t because, to my knowledge, they have not been found growing wild in Georgia. All three are found further north, # 1 and # 3 are non-natives spreading southward, so be on the look-out, # 2 is native. The photographs were all taken in Tennessee. 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:

Jan. 2015 Plant # 1 Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Cultivated in gardens, sometimes persisting or escaped; native of Eurasia. January-March.
Range: Naturalized from Ontario south to NC, west to TN and MO and reported from OR.
Jan. 2015 Plant # 2 Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Seepage-fed bogs and nonalluvial swamps. January-March.
Range: NS and s. QC west to MN, south to n. NC, ne. TN, s. OH, and IL.
Jan. 2015 Plant # 3A Jan. 2015 Plant # 3B Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Roadsides, especially gravelly or shaly roadbanks or ditches, streamside gravel bars, disturbed ground; native of Eurasia. March-June.
Range: Introduced in the northeast it has, so far, spread south to TN and NC.