Wildflowers of ...
[insert your state or region here]
Author: Stan Tekiela
Paperback: 425 pages
Paperback: 425 pages
Publisher: Adventure Publications
This compact book is the most helpful print wildflower guide I've used. The publisher doesn't appear to have one for every U.S. state, but a good many are offered.
This resource comes in handy, for example, when you need to distinguish the difference between Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) and Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata). They look similar and grow in the same conditions, but the latter is a deadly native perennial.
What I like:
- The photos are high-quality, and each one covers a full page, making plant identification easier.
- Plants are organized by most common color, with color tabs for each entry.
- Icons at the bottom of the page help identify flower cluster, flower type, leaf type, leaf attachment, and fruit.
- Plants typically found in unique habitats (prairies, boundary waters) are identified.
- An index at the back arranges all plants by common name, in alphabetical order.
- A brief glossary defines basic plant terminology.
- The book is palm-sized, and takes up very little space in a bag or backpack, making it easy to take along when hiking, camping, or traveling.
- Each entry includes descriptions of plant family, height, flower, leaf, bloom time, cycle/origin, habitat, range, and history.
What needs improvement:
- It would be nice to have an additional index with Latin names, since common names often vary. (Latin names, however, are listed along with the common names at the tops of the pages.)
- While the book lists most Wisconsin wildflowers, it obviously can't include all, and in all colors. A quick reference to online resources would be handy, since most of us also carry smartphones.
- The binding is a little flimsy, as mentioned by several bookseller reviews. It's easily fixed, though, with super glue.
The book is available on Amazon or direct through the publisher. If you enjoy identifying, reading about, and studying wildflowers, this is a great little resource.
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