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! The genus, at least, should be easily recognizable to everyone. All of these flowers are pretty small, not showy. Plant # 1 is a native, plants # 2 and # 3 are non-natives. 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:

May 2015 Plant # 1A May 2015 Plant # 1B Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Fields, roadsides, lawns, pastures, gardens, disturbed areas. March-June.
Range: MA, MI, WY, and BC south to FL, CA, and n. Mexico.
May 2015 Plant # 2A May 2015 Plant # 2B Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Roadsides, pastures, disturbed areas; native of Europe, c. Asia, n. Africa. April-July.
Range: MA and NY south to GA, west to TX, north to KS, eastward to ON and PA, also on the West Coast.
May 2015 Plant # 3A May 2015 Plant # 3B Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Roadsides, pastures, disturbed areas; native of Europe and w. Asia. April-July.
Range: ME south to GA, west to OK and KS, east to WI, MI and ON and the West Coast.