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. Note: Gymnosperms are the group of woody, deciduous and evergreen plants that produce naked seeds, and includes conifers such as pine, spruce and fir.

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

1. Silvery color fades to green in hot climates.

American Holly (Ilex opaca)

Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica)

Blue Spruce (Picea pungens glauca)

Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)

2. Cones can be 10″ long; needles used for mulch.

Longleaf Pine (Pinus australis)

Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodora)

Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamae)

3. Looses all its needles every year.

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

American Larch (Larix decidua)

Bristlecone Pine (Pinus aristata)

4. “Knees” appear when growing in deep water.

White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Poplar (Populus maximowiczii)

Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca albertiana)

Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)

5. Fruits are juicy, red, and berry like.

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)

American Yew (Taxus canadensis)

Cedar of Libanon (Cedrus libani)

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By Chuck