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.

This month we are breaking with recent tradition i.e. we are NOT featuring plants in the same genus. However, although not in the same genus, they ARE in the same family, Asteraceae or Aster Family. 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, November 30.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Wet pine savannas and pine flatwoods. Late Jul-Sep.
Range: SE. NC and ne. SC, and s. SC south to ne. FL, west to e. LA.
Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Sandhills, disturbed sandy areas. Late May-Nov.
Range: Nc. SC south to n. peninsular FL, west to s. AL; w. LA to c. TX. — photos Hal Massie
Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Marshes, stream banks, ditches. Aug-Nov.
Range: ME, NY, IN, MO, NV, and CA southward.