How well do you know your plants?

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Quiz by Whitney Miller, updated more than 1 year ago
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Test your knowledge! All answers can be found in our MG Training Manual. Good luck!

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Question 1

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What is the name of this NATIVE large shrub? It grows approximately 8 feet high by 8 feet wide, flowers in spring, and its' flowers turn to red berries that birds love. (Woody Ornamentals chapter)
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  • Physocarpos opulifolius, a.k.a. Common ninebark
  • Ilex verticillata, a.k.a. Michigan Holly
  • Cephalanthus occidentalis, a.k.a. Buttonbush

Question 2

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Which of the following honeysuckles is native to Michigan? (Woody Ornamentals chapter)
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Question 3

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Can you identify this plant? It is a Michigan native perennial that is suitable for moist to wet sites and full sunshine. (Perennials)
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  • Ceanothus americanus, a.k.a. New Jersey Tea
  • Asclepias incarnata, a.k.a. Swamp Milkweed
  • Monarda didyma, a.k.a. Bee Balm
  • Ligularia spp., a.k.a. Ligularia

Question 4

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This plant is a native perennial used in shady sites. What is it? (Perennials)
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  • Asarum canadense, a.k.a. Wild Ginger
  • Galium odoratum, a.k.a. Sweet woodruff
  • Viola spp., a.k.a. Violets

Question 5

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According to the Master Gardener Training Manual, this perennial is a good choice for infertile soil. (Perennials)
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  • Sempervivum spp., a.k.a. hens and chicks, houseleek
  • Phlox subulata, a.k.a. moss phlox
  • Nepeta spp., a.k.a. catmint
  • Monarda fistulosa, a.k.a. wild bergamot

Question 6

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This particular plant is considered an INVASIVE by the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (among others). It is an upright, herbaceous biennial that grows up to 3 feet tall. It can be identified among similar looking plants based on its distinct smell when crushed. (Source: http://habitatmatters.org/challenges/top-invasive-species/)
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  • Senecio spp., a.k.a. ragworts
  • Zizia aurea, a.k.a. golden alexanders
  • Alliaria petiolata, a.k.a. garlic mustard
  • Ranunculus spp., a.k.a. buttercups
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