A beautifully illustrated, family-friendly guide to Minnesota’s native wildflowers and how to find them
Once prairie grasses and flowers bloomed for hundreds of miles in the western part of what we now call Minnesota. Once tiny orchids grew among the roots of giant old pines, and fleeting blossoms sheltered in the shade of great maple and oak forests. These flowers that grew here for hundreds of years, though harder to find now, are still there, and this book shows you how to discover them.
Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers chronicles the ten years that Phyllis Root and Kelly Povo spent exploring Minnesota’s woods, prairies, hillsides, lakes, and bogs for wildflowers, taking pictures and notes, gathering clues, mapping the way for fellow flower hunters. This book is a treasure trove of plant lore and information, the perfect companion for anyone who wants to findor simply to find out more aboutshooting stars and kitten tails, prairie smoke and Dutchman’s breeches, blazing star and butterfly weed, and more native flowers than most Minnesotans imagine are blooming nearby.
Readers of Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers will learn where to look for wildflowers and how to identify them, whether in the woods, wetlands, peatlands, or the prairie in spring, summer, or fall; around the state’s 10,000 (or so) lakes; on the North Shore; or, especially, in Minnesota’s many great state parks. Featuring helpful tips, exquisite photographs, and the story of their own search as your guide, Phyllis and Kelly place the waiting wonder of Minnesota’s wildflowers within easy reach.
|Publisher:||University of Minnesota Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Phyllis Root is the author of more than forty books for children, including Plant a Pocket of Prairie and One North Star (both winners of the John Burroughs Riverby Award for excellent natural history books for young readers) and Big Belching Bog, all published by University of Minnesota Press.
Kelly Povo, a professional photographer for thirty years, has exhibited in galleries and art shows across the country. Her cards, gift books, and calendars have been sold internationally. She and Phyllis have collaborated on several books.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Whole Wide World Waiting
Finding Native Wildflowers What Treasures Might You Find? Prairie, Woods, and Pines What Is a Native Plant Community? What a Native Plant Community Does How Do You Look for Native Wildflowers? Where Do You Look? Go Prepared Become a Phenologist Picture This A Note about Names
A Year of Native WildflowersSpring Big Woods Early Prairie North Shore Northern ForestSummer Minnesota Wetlands High Summer on the Prairie 10,000 Lakes (More or Less) Minnesota PeatlandsAutumn Autumn Woods Prairie Fall
Epilogue: Turning of the SeasonsGlossaryResourcesA Color Guide to FlowersIndex