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, once again, we are featuring three plants that are in the same genus and all three of these are also native plants! The genus, at least, should be easily recognizable to everyone. All of these are rare in Georgia, especially plants #2 and #3, which are also globally rare. All are found in north Georgia. 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, April 30.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

Apr. 2015 Plant # 1A Apr. 2015 Plant # 1B Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Moist coves over mafic or calcareous rocks. Late March-April.
Range: E. PA, s. ON and s. MN south to w. NC, nw. GA, n. AL, n. MS.
Apr. 2015 Plant # 2A Apr. 2015 Plant # 2B Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Acidic forests with hemlocks and heaths. April.
Range: Endemic to a short stretch of the Tallulah-Tugaloo river system in nw. SC and ne. GA.
Apr. 2015 Plant # 3A Apr. 2015 Plant # 3B Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Wet or Swampy Hardwood Flatwoods. March-April.
Range: This variety endemic to north Georgia.