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.

Ok, eventually we’ll have to stop using three plants in the same genus, for the supply of photos of like species will be exhausted. But, for this month, we are still able to offer three plants in the same genus. You should be able to recognize the genus on this one, but it might take a little digging to come up with the three species. 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:

Sept. 2014 Plant # 1A Sept. 2014 Plant # 1B Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Dry woodlands, glades, barrens. Late May-early July.
Range: DE and MD, south to panhandle FL, west to TX, north to eastern CO and SD, eastward to MI and OH.
Sept. 2014 Plant # 2A Sept. 2014 Plant # 2B Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Prairies, roadsides, seepages, bogs, grassy balds. July-September.
Range: MA, ON, and MI, south to GA, AL, MS, and AR.
Sept. 2014 Plant # 3A Sept. 2014 Plant # 3B Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Prairies, barrens, glades. August-September.
Range: ON and ND south to Panhandle FL and TX.