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.

Ok, eventually we’ll have to stop using three plants in the same genus, for the supply of photos of like species will be exhausted. But, for this month, we are still able to offer three plants in the same genus. Plant #1 is very common, plant #2 is fairly common and plant #3 is rare in Georgia. 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, August 31.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

Aug. 2014 Plant # 1A Aug. 2014 Plant # 1B Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Forests, woodlands, marshes, fields, calcareous hammocks. July-August.
Range: NY west to s. MI, IL, and e. KS, south to Panhandle FL and e. TX.
Aug. 2014 Plant # 2A Aug. 2014 Plant # 2B Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Pine savannas, bogs. June-August.
Range: MA south to ne. FL, west to LA and AR; scattered inland, e.g. w. VA, w. NC, c. TN, n. GA and KY.
Aug. 2014 Plant # 3A Aug. 2014 Plant # 3BR Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Sloping woodlands and meadows, over sandstone or shale. July-August.
Range: Sw. NC and se. TN south to nw. GA and c. AL.