Books Natives


These are useful references to have on hand, ones which we have found useful and interesting. If you know of other such references we would be happy to include them on our list, contact: jeanw @

Native Plants


  • A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America (A Peterson Field Guide)
    by Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny
    Houghton Mifflin, Revised 1998;ISBN 0395911729
  • A Gardener’s Encyclopedia of Wildflowers
    by C. Colston Burrell
    ISBN 0-87596-723-XA
  • Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina
    by Richard Dwight Porcher and Douglas Alan Rayner
  • A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina
    by Richard Dwight Porcher and Douglas Alan Rayner
    University of South Carolina Press,
    2002;ISBN 1-57003-437-0 (cloth); ISBN 1-57003-438-9 (paper)
  • A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter: Herbaceous Plants of Northeastern North America
    by Carol Levine
    Yale Univ Press, 1995 ISBN 0300065604
  • All About North Carolina Wildflowers
    by Jan W. Midgley
    The book is available from Books-A-Million. (If they are out-of-stock, see their New and Used Marketplace link on the same page)
  • Appalachian Wildflowers: An Ecological Guide to Flowering Plants from Quebec to Georgia
    by Thomas E. Hemmerly;
    University of Georgia Press, 2000;ISBN 0-8203-2164-8 (hardcover); ISBN 0-8203-2181-8 (paperback)
  • Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States
    by Alan Weakley;
    University of North Carolina Herbarium
    Current Version as of this entry: March, 2010;
    Entire Text is Online (that is, free!) at
    To purchase a hard-bound copy, contact Carol Ann McCormick at 919-962-6931
  • Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide
    by Lawrence NewcombLittle,
    Brown, and Company, 1977 ISBN 0-316-60442-9
  • Southern Wildflowers
    by Laura C. Martin and Mauro Magellan
    Longstreet Press, 1989 ISBN 0-929264-17-7
  • The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers,Eastern Region
  • by William A. Niering and Nancy C. Olmstead
  • Wildflowers for Your Garden
    by Helen Hull1952
  • Wild Flowers of North Carolina
    by William S. Justice, C. Ritchie Bell, and Anne H. Lindsey
  • Wildflowers of Georgiaby Hugh Nourse and Carol NourseUniversity of Georgia Press, 2000ISBN 0-8203-2179-6Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkwayby J. Anthony Alderman
  • Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry and Lower Pee Deeby Richard Dwight PorcherISBN 1-57003-094-4
  • Wildflowers of the Eastern United Statesby Wilbur H. Duncan and Marion B. DuncanUniversity of Georgia Press, 1999ISBN 0-8203-2107-9
  • Wildflowers of the Southeastern United Statesby Wilbur H. Duncan and Leonard E. FooteUniversity of Georgia Press, 1975ISBN 0-8203-0347-X
  • Wildflowers of the Southern Appalachiansby Kevin Adams, and Martha CasstevensJohn F. Blair Publications, 1996ASIN 089587143
  • Wildflowers of the Southern Mountainsby Richard M. SmithUniversity of Tennessee Press, 1998ISBN 0-87049-992-0
  • Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
    by Dennis Horn & Tavia Cathcart
    ISBN-10: 55105-428-0
  • Wildflowers in Colorby Arthur Stupka with the assistance of Donald H. RobinsonHarper & RowISBN 0-06-090933-1
  • Wildflower Prennials for Your Garden
    by Bebe Miles
    ISBN 0-8117-2660-6

Orchids & Trilliums

  • Native Orchids of North America North of Mexico
    by Donovan Stewart Correll
    Stanford University Press, 1978 ISBN 0-8047-0999-8
  • Trilliums by Frederick W. Case, Jr., and Roberta B. Case
    Timber Press, 1997 ISBN 0-88192-374-5
  • Trilliums in Woodland and Garden: American Treasures by Don Jacobs & Rob Jacobs
    Eco Gardens, 1997 ISBN 0965835308
  • Wild Orchids of South Carolina
    by James Fowler
  • Wild Orchids of the Middle Atlantic States
    by Oscar W. Gupton and Fred C. Swope
    The University of Tennessee Press, 1986 ISBN 0-87049-509-7



  • Grasses: An Identification Guide
    by Lauren Brown
    Houghton Mifflin Co., Reprint 1979 ISBN 0395628814
  • The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses: Sedges, Rushes, Restios, Cat-tails, and Selected Bamboos
    by Rick Darke
    Timber Press, 1999 ISBN 0-88192-464-4

Trees & Shrubs

  • A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs: Northeastern and North Central United States and Southeastern and South-Central Canada (A Peterson Field Guide)
    by George A. Petrides
    Houghton Mifflin, 1973 ISBN 039535370X
  • Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs, An Illustrated Encyclopedia
    by Michael A. Dirr
  • Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast: Landscaping Uses and Identification
    by Leonard E. Foote and Samuel B. Jones, Jr.
    Timber Press, 1989 ISBN 0-88192-416-4
  • Teaching The Trees: Lessons from the Forest
    by Joan Maloof
  • The Book of Forest and Thicket: Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers of Eastern North America
    by John EastmanStackpole Books, 1992 ISBN 0811730468
  • The Complete Trees of North America
    by Thomas S Elias
  • Trees of Georgia and Adjacent States
    by Claud L. Brown and L. Katherine Kirkman
    Timber Press, 1990 ISBN 0-88192-148-3
  • Trees of Southeastern United States
    by Wilbur H. Duncan and Marion B. Duncan
    University of Georgia Press, 2000 ISBN 0-8203-2271-7


  • A Field Guide to Southern Mushrooms
    by Nancy W. Weber and Alexander H. Smith
    The Univ. of Mich. Press. First Edition edition (June 1, 1985)
    ISBN-10: 0472856154
    ISBN-13: 978-0472856152It is reasonably priced; illustrated with excellent photos; and very easy to use.


  • Birdscaping for Garden Spaces
    by George Adams
    D&G Publishing, 2009ISBN: 978-0-9807037-0-2
  • Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded (Hardcover and Paperback)
    by Douglas W. Talamy
    (Tallamy is professor & chair of the Dept of Entomology and Wildlife Biology at the Univ. of Delaware.)
    Timber Press; Expanded Edition edition (April 1, 2009)
    ISBN-10: 0881929921ISBN-13: 978-0881929928
  • Gardening with Native Plants of the South
    by Sally Wasowski with Andy Wasowski
    Taylor Publishing Co., 1994ISBN 0878338020
  • Gardening with Native Wild Flowers
    by Samuel B. Jones, Jr. & Leonard E. Foote
    Timber Press, 1991ASIN 0881921750
  • Landscaping with Nature
    by Jeff CoxRodale Press, 1
    991ISBN 0-87857-911-7
  • Natural Landscaping: Gardening with Nature to Create a Backyard Paradise
    by Sally Roth
    Rodale Press, 1997ISBN 0-87596-704-3
  • Paradise by Design: Native Plants and the New American Landscape
    by Kathryn Phillips
    North Point Press, 1998ASIN 0865475199
  • The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest
    by Rick Darke
    Timber Press, 2002ISBN 0881925454
  • The Landscaping Revolution: Garden with Mother Nature Not Against Her
    by Andy Wasowski with Sally Wasowski
    Contemporary Books, 2003ISBN 007141312X
  • The Natural Garden
    by Ken Druse
    Clarkson N. Potter, 1989 ISBN 0517550466
  • The Natural Shade Garden
    by Ken Druse
    Clarkson N. Potter, 1992 ISBN 0517580179
  • The Wild Gardener
    by Peter Loewer
    ISBN 0-8117-0885-3


Collecting, Processing, and Germinating Seeds of Wildland Plantsby James A. Young and Cheryl G. YoungTimber Press, 1986ISBN 0-88192-057-6

Growing and Propagating Showy Native Woody Plantsby Richard E. BirUniversity of North Carolina Press, 1992ISBN 0-8078-2027-X (hardcover); ISBN 0-8078-4366-0 (paperback)

Growing and Propagating Wild Flowersby Harry R. PhillipsUniversity of North Carolina Press, 1985ISBN 0-8078-4131-5

Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plantsby William CullinaHoughton Mifflin Co., 2002ISBN 0618098585

New England Wildflower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canadaby William CullinaHoughton Mifflin, 2000ISBN 0-395-96609-4

The New Wild Flowers and How to Grow Themby Edwin F. SteffekTimber Press, 1983ISBN 0-917304-51-9



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