The directions for Chesapeake Challenge and Bay Buddies are almost the same: Match the seven seeds below with their descriptions. Bay Buddies clues, which are designed for younger sprouts, contain the actual name of the plant. Chesapeake Challenge will be a harder nut to crack, as one must also match the description and illustration to the names.

Cockspur Hawthorn
Common Burdock
Common Milkweed
Common Plantain
Queen Anne's Lace
Scarlet Oak
Witch Hazel

1. This plant, which can grow more than 6 feet tall, features purple, thistle-like flowers. George de Mestral, a Swiss inventor, was inspired to create Velcro after studying this plant's seed pod under a microscope.

2. This plant is an ancestor of the wild carrot. Unlike the carrot, its long tap root is white. In the past, various parts of the plant have been used to treat everything from acne and flatulence to kidney stones and intestinal worms.

3. This plant's ability to spread itself around the world (and in your lawn) has earned it such names as white man's foot or Englishman's foot. Crushing this plant's leaves and applying them to insect bites or the sites of poison ivy and stinging nettle contact is reported to help ease the discomfort.

4. It takes two years for this plant's seeds to develop. After it produces a bumper crop in one year, it might take three or four years to produce another. Its leaves turn deep red in autumn, which make it quite popular.

5. This plant's fruity seed has earned it the nickname, "hog-apple." Its dense branches provide shelter, nesting sites and food for such birds as the gray catbird, brown thrasher, cardinal and mockingbird.

6. It was once thought that a forked branch from this tree could find water below the surface. Now, its bark is used to make a facial astringent.

7. The leaves and the seed pod of this plant contain glycosides, making it toxic for most animals. Some insects, such as the monarch butterfly, are able to eat this plant, which in turn makes them toxic for would-be predators.

Answers

1. [F] Common Burdock
2. [D] Queen Anne's Lace
3. Common Plaintain
4. [A] Scarlet Oak
5. [E] Cockspur Hawthorn
6. [G] Witch Hazel
7. [C] Common Milkweed