|Arizona Highways Presents Desert Wildflowers 1988. |
Desert Botanical Garden Staff. Arizona Department of Transportation, State of Arizona. Color photographs and descriptions of 63 species of native wildflowers that grow in Arizona; arranged by flowering seasons, including flowering records, planting guidelines and growing tips for landscape use. Comprehensive and informative text.
Arizona's Best Wildflower Hikes, The Desert 2001.
Maxa, Christine. Westcliffe Publishers, Englewood, Colorado. 50 hikes ranging in difficulty described with maps and photographs; Phoenix and Tucson, their surrounding areas and southwest Arizona. 50 wildflower profiles.
Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Western Region 1979.
Spellenberg, Richard. National Audubon Society. A. Knopf, New York. Includes larger region, not restricted to southwest or deserts. Over 600 species including flowering vines, shrubs and trees grouped by color and shape. Descriptive text arranged by plant families. Good color photos.
Desert Landscaping for Beginners 2001.
Arizona Master Gardeners. Arizona Master Gardener Press, Phoenix, Arizona. Tips and techniques for gardening success in arid climates with a chapter on growing wildflowers. Black and white illustrations.
Desert Wildflowers 1991.
Arizona Native Plant Society. Tucson, Arizona. Easy-to-use reference with color photos, scientific and common names of 86 species of wildflowers; mostly but not all Sonoran Desert native plants. Comparative tables for ease of reference.
Field Guide to Southwestern and Texas Wildflowers 1984.
Niehaus, Theodore F., Charles L. Ripper, and Virginia Savage. Houghton Mifflin, Boston. Covers more species than any other southwestern field guide. Line drawings, some with color, of over 1500 species of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas.
Flowers of the Southwest Deserts 1985.
Dodge, Natt and Jeanne R. Janish. Southwest Parks & Monuments Association, Tucson, Arizona. Line drawings with some color photographs; 190 species of flowers arranged by petal color with descriptions and introductory notes.
A Full Life in a Small Place 1993.
Bowers, Janice E. University of Arizona Press, Arizona Board of Regents, Tucson, Arizona. Sixteen essays describing life in a Sonoran Desert garden. Beautifully written.
Gardening in the Desert: A Guide to Plant Selection and Care 2000.
Irish, Mary F. University of Arizona Press, Arizona Board of Regents, Tucson, Arizona. A practical introduction to southwest desert gardening. Some black and white photographs.
How to Grow the Wildflowers 1993.
Johnson, Eric J. and Scott Millard. Ironwood Press, Tucson, Arizona. Guide to growing wildflowers in the western U.S. Descriptions and color photographs of over 180 native and adapted species; step-by-step instructions on preparing planting sites, controlling weeds and when and how to plant.
Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. 2000.
Wasowski, Sally with Andy Wasowski. Contemporary Publishing Group, Lincolnwood (Chicago), Illinois. Practical guide for native plant gardens covering Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, western Texas, and southern California; includes section on landscape design; color photographs throughout.
Native Plants for Southwest Gardens 1993.
Mielke, Judy. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas. Comprehensive guide to landscaping with native plants in the Southwest (Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts). Over 300 plants covered. Descriptions include native distribution, culture, and landscape use. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs.
One Hundred Desert Wildflowers of the Southwest 1989.
Bowers, Janice E. Southwest Parks & Monuments Association, Tucson, Arizona. Color photographs, notes and descriptions of 100 wildflowers native to Arizona and New Mexico, arranged by flower color.
One Hundred Roadside Wildflowers of Southwest Woodlands 1987.
Bowers, Janice E. Southwest Parks & Monuments Association, Tucson, Arizona. Describes wildflower species of oak, pine, and juniper woodlands of Arizona and New Mexico. Color photographs. Unlike the typical field guide, this book includes lots of information on pollinators and plant ecology.
Sonoran Desert Wildflowers 2003.
Spellenberg, Richard. Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Connecticut. Field guide covering 300 species of Sonoran Desert wildflowers; exceptional color photographs accompany species descriptions; arranged by flower color; also includes introduction on desert ecology.
The Wildflower Gardener's Guide 1990.
Art, Henry W. Story Communications, Inc., Pownal, Vermont. Highlights growing wildflowers in the southwestern corner of North America, below 6000 ft. elevation, from northern Mexico to eastern Washington. Shows distribution map for each of 34 selected species and lists companion plants. Includes botanical drawings and color photographs.
Wild Flower Guide 1972.
Tucson Daily Citizen. An early "classic" for wildflower enthusiasts; black & white drawings of 80 local wildflowers with comments; many reprints since first publication.
Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest 2000.
Quinn, Meg. Rio Nuevo, Tucson, Arizona. Attractively presented field guide of over 80 wildflower species primarily of Sonoran and Mojave Deserts; good color photos with relevant accompanying text.
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