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 of the Sandhills Region: North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia
by Bruce Sorrie
Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Southeastern United States
by Robert K. Godfrey and Jean W. Wooten
ISBN 0-8203-0420-4 cloth
Armitage's Native Plants for North American Gardens
by Allan M. Armitage
Timber Press
ISBN: 0-88192-760-0
Botanica North America: The Illustrated Guide to Our Native Plants, Their Botany, History, and the Way They Have Shaped Our World
by Marjorie Harris
HarperCollins, 2003
ISBN 0-06-270231-9
Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses
by James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller
University of Georgia Press, 2005
ISBN 0-8203-2748-4
Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Blue Ridge
by B. Eugene Wofford
University of Georgia Press, 1989
ISBN 0-8203-1080-8
Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas
by Albert E. Radford, Harry E. Ahles, and C. Ritchie Bell
University of North Carolina Press, 1968
ISBN 0807810878
Manual of the vascular flora of Nags Head Woods, Outer Banks, North Carolina
New York Botanical Garden Press
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide
by Lawrence Newcomb
The Illustrated Book of Wildflowers and Shrubs: The Comprehensive Field Guide to More Than 1,300 Plants of Eastern North America
by William Carey Grimm, and John T. Kartesz
Stackpole Books, Revised and Updated edition 1993
ISBN 0811730859
The Natural Gardens of North Carolina
by B. W. Wells
Net royalties from this revised edition go towards the B.W. Wells Stewardship Fund
cover of The Natural Gardens of NC
Wild North Carolina: Discovering the Wonders of Our State?s Natural Communities
by David Blevins and Michael Schafale
Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist?s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia
by Timothy Spira
Woody plants of the southeastern United States: A field botany course on CD
Missouri Botanical Garden Press
Version 1:

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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-X
A 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 Newcomb
Little, 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 Hull
Wild Flowers of North Carolina
by William S. Justice, C. Ritchie Bell, and Anne H. Lindsey
Wildflowers of Georgia
by Hugh Nourse and Carol Nourse
University of Georgia Press, 2000
ISBN 0-8203-2179-6
Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway
by J. Anthony Alderman
Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry and Lower Pee Dee
by Richard Dwight Porcher
ISBN 1-57003-094-4
Wildflowers of the Eastern United States
by Wilbur H. Duncan and Marion B. Duncan
University of Georgia Press, 1999
ISBN 0-8203-2107-9
Wildflowers of the Southeastern United States
by Wilbur H. Duncan and Leonard E. Foote
University of Georgia Press, 1975
ISBN 0-8203-0347-X
Wildflowers of the Southern Appalachians
by Kevin Adams, and Martha Casstevens
John F. Blair Publications, 1996
ASIN 089587143
Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains
by Richard M. Smith
University of Tennessee Press, 1998
ISBN 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 Color
by Arthur Stupka with the assistance of Donald H. Robinson
Harper & Row
ISBN 0-06-090933-1
Wildflower Prennials for Your Garden
by Bebe Miles
ISBN 0-8117-2660-6

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Orchids & Trilliums

Native Orchids of North America North of Mexico
by Donovan Stewart Correll
Stanford University Press, 1978
ISBN 0-8047-0999-8
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

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Ferns for American Gardens
by John T. Mickel
Fern Finder
by Anne C. Hallowell, Barbara G. Hallowell
Nature Study Guild
ISBN 0-912550-11-2
Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia
by Lloyd H. Snyder Jr. and James G. Bruce
University of Georgia Press, 1986
ISBN 0-8203-0847-1
How to Know the Ferns and Fern Allies
by John T. Mickel
ISBN 0697047709 0697047717 (paper)

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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

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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 Eastman
Stackpole 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

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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: 978-0472856152
It is reasonably priced; illustrated with excellent photos; and very easy to use.

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Birdscaping for Garden Spaces
by George Adams
D&G Publishing, 2009
ISBN: 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: 0881929921
ISBN-13: 978-0881929928
Gardening with Native Plants of the South
by Sally Wasowski with Andy Wasowski
Taylor Publishing Co., 1994
ISBN 0878338020
Gardening with Native Wild Flowers
by Samuel B. Jones, Jr. & Leonard E. Foote
Timber Press, 1991
ASIN 0881921750
Landscaping with Nature
by Jeff Cox
Rodale Press, 1991
ISBN 0-87857-911-7
Natural Landscaping: Gardening with Nature to Create a Backyard Paradise
by Sally Roth
Rodale Press, 1997
ISBN 0-87596-704-3
Paradise by Design: Native Plants and the New American Landscape
by Kathryn Phillips
North Point Press, 1998
ASIN 0865475199
The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest
by Rick Darke
Timber Press, 2002
ISBN 0881925454
The Landscaping Revolution: Garden with Mother Nature Not Against Her
by Andy Wasowski with Sally Wasowski
Contemporary Books, 2003
ISBN 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

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Collecting, Processing, and Germinating Seeds of Wildland Plants
by James A. Young and Cheryl G. Young
Timber Press, 1986
ISBN 0-88192-057-6
Growing and Propagating Showy Native Woody Plants
by Richard E. Bir
University of North Carolina Press, 1992
ISBN 0-8078-2027-X (hardcover); ISBN 0-8078-4366-0 (paperback)
Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers
by Harry R. Phillips
University of North Carolina Press, 1985
ISBN 0-8078-4131-5
Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants
by William Cullina
Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002
ISBN 0618098585
New England Wildflower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada
by William Cullina
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
ISBN 0-395-96609-4
The New Wild Flowers and How to Grow Them
by Edwin F. Steffek
Timber Press, 1983
ISBN 0-917304-51-9

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Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia
Native American Ethnobotany
by Daniel E. Moerman
The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America
by by Francois Couplan
Keats Publishing, 1998
ISBN 0-87983-821-3

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A Nature Guide to Northwest North Carolina
by Stewart Skeate
ISBN: 1-887905-96-0
North Carolina's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Mountains
by Kevin Adams
ISBN 1-56579-502-4

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Aliens & Weeds

Aliens in the Backyard Plant and Animal Imports into America
by John Leland
Identifying Seedling & Mature Weeds,
Jon Stucky
The NC Agricultural Research Service (June 1980)
Weeds (A Golden Guide)
Alexander C. Martin
Golden Press, Western Publishing Co.
ISBN 0-307-24353-2
Weeds of the South
edited by Charles T. Bryson and Michael S. DeFelice
ISBN 978-0-8203-3046-4

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