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 using three plants that are in the same genus and all three of these are also native plants! The two photos for Plant # 2 are the same species but may be two different varieties. Of course, it is not necessary to name to variety, but if you’d like to give it a shot, I encourage you to do so. 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, March 31.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

Mar. 2015 Plant # 1A Mar. 2015 Plant # 1B Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Acidic coves, dry-mesic oak forests, bluff forests. Late March-May.
Range: PA and OH south to GA, Panhandle FL, and AL.
Mar. 2015 Plant # 2A Mar. 2015 Plant # 2B Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Wet pinelands, depressions ponds, other wet habitats. March-May.
Range: NB west to MN, south to FL and e. TX.
Mar. 2015 Plant # 3A Mar. 2015 Plant # 3B Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Mesic forests. April-May
Range: NH and QC west to WI, south to GA and AL.