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 2016 & 2017 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.

Welcome to the 2018 Name That Plant contest. Now that we are in the new year, I will attempt to, once again, try to make the contest easy again. For January, we are still able to use three plants that are in the same genus. Good luck on your guesses. 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:

Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Moist to dry forests. Mar-May.
Range: ME west to WI, south to FL, AL, MS, and LA.
Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Dry to moist forests and woodlands. Apr.
Range: MA west to MN, south to GA and e. TX.
Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Bottomlands, lawns, moist forests. Feb-May.
Range: NL west to MB, south to s. FL and TX.