gameThis simple game tests your gardening knowledge by identifying five plants shown in photos from a list of possible names. Photos of each plant are accompaned by a clue describing the type of plant or its broad characteristics.

To play the game you identify the plant in the photo by selecting the correct name and clicking on the button next to it. Each time you play the game you only have one chance to identify the correct answer for each of the five plants. If you don’t get all of them correct the first time just click the “Let me try again” button located below the game board and try again. If you would like more information about these five plants see their Plant Profiles to get tips for growing each of them.

Photos Plant Names (Select the correct name and click the button)

1. Slowers have fragrance similar to gardenias.

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

Thorny Elaeagnus (Elaeagnus pungens)

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia soulengiana)

2. All parts of the plant are poisinous but not to birds that eat the berries.

Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

Nandina (Nandina domestica)

Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)

Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera)

3. New foliage is reddish bronze.

Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)

Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus haringtonia)

Red Tip (Photinia serrulata)

Acuba (Acuba japonica)

4. Spiny; species can act as a alternate host to rust disease of wheat.

Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

Skimmia (Skimmia japonica)

Fothergill (Fothergilla gardenii)

Clethra (Ternstroemina gymnanthera)

5. Prefers cool, moist, acid soil with some shade.

Lavender Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparis)

Smokebush (Cotinus coggyria)

Redbud (Ceris canadensis)

Leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana)

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By Chuck