• Trish

Wildflower Identification Resources

Updated: Aug 7



This post is a long time coming. I've been trying to pull together a list of resources for a couple of weeks now but with vacations and kids home for the summer it just hasn't happened until now!


Another reason it took so long to post... there are just SO MANY resources out there I didn't know where to start. Wildflowers vary by country and then region within a country so the amount of books to look through are too numerous to count! But identifying wildflowers is fun and rewarding so I believe it's important to find a book (or app or website) that works for you. Since we live in North America, I've focused on books from our area but know that a lot of these publishing companies publish books for various regions. So check around and see if you can find something for your area. And if you have a favorite wildflower book, let us know!


1. Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas J Elpel


2. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America by David M Brandenburg


3. Timber Press Field Guide: Wildflowers of ... (they have various regions including New England, Atlantic Southeast, and Rocky Mountain to name a few)


4. Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary by James G Harris and Melinda Woolf Harris


5. Wildflowers of ... Field Guide by Stan Tekiela (there are books for most states or regions and depending on the state/region there will be an additional author)


6. National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wild Flowers (they also have books for various regions)


7. National Geographic Pocket Guide: Wildflowers of North America by Catherine Herbert Howell


8. Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb and illustrated by Gordon Morrison


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