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.

Everyone should easily recognize the genus of the three plants used in May. This genus is the favorite of many people. Georgia is said to contain more species in this genus than any other state and is the specialty of our state botanist! 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, May 31.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Very rich soils of slopes and coves, often also in or near seepage. Mar-May.
Range: Blue Ridge of w. NC, nw. SC, e. TN, and n. GA.
Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Coves and moist slopes. Apr-May.
Range: s. WV, sw. VA, and e. KY south to nw. NC, w. TN, nw. GA, and ne. AL.
Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Cove forests, other rich forests. Apr-Jun.
Range: w. NC and e. TN s to nw. SC, n. GA, and ne. AL, and the CP of GA and AL.