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Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History

Field / Identification Guide

By: Carol Gracie and Eric Lamont

290 pages, 512 colour photos

Princeton University Press

Hardback | Mar 2012 | #197073 | ISBN-13: 9780691144665
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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, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast 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. It showcases the Northeast's most spectacular spring-blooming wildflowers. It features more than 500 full-color photos. It covers the life histories, lore, and cultural uses of more than 35 species, combining the latest scientific research with an easy-to-read style. In short, it offers something new for seasoned botanists as well as armchair naturalists.

"This is a wonderful collection of essays on some of our favorite early spring wildflowers, taking readers way beyond the typical coverage of identity, general habitat, and range. Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast is an excellent, unique, and exceptionally well-illustrated book, a wonderful addition to our literature on wildflowers."
- Garrett E. Crow, professor emeritus, University of New Hampshire


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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Carol Gracie is an acclaimed naturalist, photographer, and writer. Now retired, she worked for many years as an educator and tour leader with the New York Botanical Garden before teaming up with Scott Mori, her husband, on botanical research projects in South America. Her books include Wildflowers in the Field and Forest.

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