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Reference Books

About Reference Books

I recommend and use all of these books. I do not include books that I do not recommend. All books can be purchased from Amazon.

Identification of Wildflowers, Grasses, Weeds & other non-woody plants

These are my favorite field guides for wildflowers.

Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field Guide

Michael John Haddock (Author)

This title is a must have, as it covers the entire state of Kansas and includes grasses.

Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers

Doug Ladd (Author), Frank Oberle (Photographer)

This title is my favorite for the tallgrass prairie region. If you live in the eastern third of Kansas, this is the books to have.

Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers 2: A Field Guide to Common Wildflowers and Plants of the Prairie Midwest

Doug Ladd (Author), Frank Oberle (Photographer)

This is the second edition of "Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers" and is updated. I like having both editions.

Field Guide to Common Weeds of Kansas

T. M. Barkley (Author)

This guide covers common weeds found in Kansas. The county range maps are especially useful.

Ozark Wildflowers

Don Kurz (Author)

I prefer this book when identifying woodland wildflowers. It is also a good choice for southeast Kansas, where the Ozarks enter the state.

Ozark Wildflowers

Thomas E. Hemmerly (Author)

Another good title for woodland wildflowers and others of the Ozarks.

Identification of woody plants such as Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines

These titles focus strictly on woody plants.

Trees, Shrubs, & Woody Vines in Kansas

H. A. Stephens (Author)

This is THE woody plants guide for Kansas. Its county range maps are extra helpful in identifying trees, shrubs and woody vines in the state.

Trees of Missouri Field Guide

Stan Tekiela (Author)

Many of the trees found in Missouri are also found in Kansas. Use this guide to help with tree identification.

Comprehensive Guides to Plant Identification

These titles include binomial keys for determining plant species. They are for the more advanced student.

Flora of the Great Plains

The Great Plains Flora Association

This book is necessary when a plant is encountered that isn't in other field guides. It covers the entire Great Plains, not just Kansas.

Wildflowers & Weeds of Kansas

Janet E. Bare (Author)

This is the book I turn to when I can't find a plant in my field guides. It contains all non-woody plants in Kansas.

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Prairie & Woodland Restoration & Reconstruction Books

The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands

Cornelia F. Mutel (Editor), Stephen Packard (Editor)

If you are serious about restoring your land, this is a must have title.It includes species lists, management techniques, and invasive species control information.

A Practical Guide to Prairie Reconstruction

Carl Kurtz (Author)

Use this book if you are planning on planting a prairie on old cropland.

The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Prairie Restoration in the Upper Midwest

Daryl Smith (Author), Dave Williams (Author), Greg Houseal (Author), Kirk Henderson (Author)

Another restoration guide for the midwest.

Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide

Thomas R. Biebighauser (Author)

A wetland restoration guide.

Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie: An Illustrated Manual for Iowa and the Upper Midwest

Shirley Shirley (Author)

This is an excellent guide to propagating many species of plants found on the prairie. It also has management information.

Prairie Books

These books are good for understanding the prairie.

Prairie: A Natural History

Candace Savage (Author)

This is a good book for understanding the various prairie types and their wildlife.

Prairie Directory of North America

Charlotte Adelman (Author) , Bernard Schwartz (Author)

This is a good book to use when searching out original prairies.

Peterson Field Guides: The North American Prairie

Ruth Carol Cushman (Author), Stephen R. Jones (Author)

Another useful guide to the prairie & its wildlife.

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