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Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast:
A Natural History
Carol Gracie
With a foreword by Eric Lamont

Honorable Mention for the 2012 National Outdoor Book Awards, Nature & Environment Category
Winner of the 2013 Cover/Jacket Merit Award in the Professional, Reference category, New York Book Show

Hardcover | 2012 | $29.95 | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780691144665
312 pp. | 7 1/2 x 10 | 512 color illus.
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This exquisitely illustrated volume provides an in-depth look at spring-blooming wildflowers of the Northeast, from old favorites to lesser-known species. Featuring more than 500 full-color photos in a stunning large-sized format, the book delves deep into the life histories, lore, and cultural uses of more than 35 plant species. The rich narrative covers topics such as the naming of wildflowers; the reasons for taxonomic changes; pollination of flowers and dispersal of seeds; uses by Native Americans; related species in other parts of the world; herbivores, plant pathogens, and pests; medicinal uses; and wildflower references in history, literature, and art. The photos capture the beauty of these plants and also illustrate the concepts discussed in the text.

A book unlike any other, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast combines the latest scientific research with an accessible, entertaining style, making it the ideal volume for readers of all levels of expertise.

  • Showcases the Northeast's most spectacular spring-blooming wildflowers
  • Features more than 500 full-color photos
  • Covers the life histories, lore, and cultural uses of more than 35 species
  • Combines the latest scientific research with an easy-to-read style
  • Offers something new for seasoned botanists as well as armchair naturalists


"If you receive this book in the dead of winter, it will stir your mind and warm your heart. And, I'm sure, you will hurry outdoors at the first breath of warm weather to view for yourself the delicate wonders of the springtime blooms so eloquently chronicled in every entry. . . . Brilliantly rendered photographs grace every page, making this an ideal present to admire with the family at holiday time and to return to every time spring knocks on your door."--Larry Marschall, Natural History

"The plant profiles Carol writes are more than a string of facts about a plant's morphological parts and its dry taxonomic history. Each profile is a history lesson sprinkled with interesting insights into how plants work. . . . This book is recommended for teachers, naturalists and all plant enthusiasts in the northeastern US, armchair naturalists everywhere, and anyone striving to write interesting, easy-to-read plant profiles for a general audience."--ArtPlantae Today

"This book does a fine job combining the science, history, and poetic beauty of these wildflowers."--Empress of Dirt blog

"I can't imagine a wildflower enthusiast or naturalist not wanting to own and devour this book. It's crammed with fascinating information you'll share with companions on nature walks, at the dinner table, and at cocktail parties. To top it off, the volume is graced by color photographs, some chiefly practical, others just plain gorgeous. All abet the author's cause: to bring us intimate, science-based knowledge of the wild, sometimes weird world of wildflowers."--Ed Kanze, Record-Review (Bedford, NY)

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Table of Contents:

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Species Accounts
Baneberries 1
Bloodroot 7
Blue Cohosh 15
Blue-eyed Mary 21
Celandines 27
Columbine 33
Dutchman’s Breeches 43
Early Meadow-rue 53
Early Saxifrage 59
False Hellebore 67
Featherfoil 75
Fire-pink 81
Fringed Polygala 85
Hepaticas 93
Jack-in-the-pulpit 101
Lady-slippers 111
Lesser Celandine 121
Lousewort 127
Mayapple 133
Miterwort 141
One-flowered Cancer-root 147
Skunk Cabbage 153
Spring Beauties 163
Squawroot 173
Trilliums 179
Trout-lily 189
Twinleaf 199
Violets 207
Virginia Bluebells 223
Wild Ginger 229
Glossary 235
References 243
Index 265

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