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 once again using three plants that are in the same genus. The only additional clue that I’ll give this month, is that some of these plants will have a very distinct odor! 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, July 31.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Bottomland forests, pastures, roadsides. Mid Apr-May.
Range: NB west to ND, south to c. peninsular FL and TX.
Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: On Lithonia granitic gneiss and on sandstone in ne. AL. May-Jun.
Range: Endemic to wc. GA and ne. AL.
Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Lawns, pastures, other disturbed places. Late May-Jun.
Range: Native of Eurasia.