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 definitely not featuring plants that are in the same genus and not even in the same family. Plant #1 is a non-native while plants #2 and #3 and definitely natives. We are continuing to make the contest relatively easy for the first seven or eight months of the year. 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, April 30.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

April 2016 Plant # 1A April 2016 Plant # 1B Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Persistent after cultivation. Feb-Mar.
Range: Native of s. and c. Europe.
April 2016 Plant # 2A April 2016 Plant # 2B Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Swamp forests to dry uplands and thickets, planted as an ornamental. Feb-May.
Range: VA, se. TN, and AR south to c. peninsular FL and e. TX.
April 2016 Plant # 3A April 2016 Plant # 3B Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Mesic, very nutrient-rich forests, with circumneutral soils. Mar-May.
Range: VT and MN south to w. and c. NC, n. GA, TN, and AR.