Covering more than six million acres of protected wilderness in northeastern New York, United States, the Adirondacks, with their landscape of high peaks, verdant wetlands, majestic trees, and lush carpets of flowers, is a pristine paradise for nature lovers.
The only available identification guide to the Adirondack region's wildflowers, this comprehensive resource is packed with more than 300 gorgeous colour images, one to represent almost every flower commonly found in this huge range. Revealing the stunning diversity of Adirondack wildflowers, from goldenrod and marsh blue violet to cattails and hellebore, Wildflowers of the Adirondacks includes
- detailed botanical species accounts, arranged by flower colour
- images of each flower that highlight key features for easy ID
- information about each species' natural history
- descriptions of the region's upland, wetland, and aquatic habitats
- a special section on the nearly 40 terrestrial orchid species found in the Adirondacks
Written by Donald J. Leopold and Lytton John Musselman, skilled botanists and the foremost authorities on these plants, this superior quality guide will appeal to residents of and visitors to the Adirondacks and northeastern mountains, including wildlife professionals, citizen scientists, backpackers, campers, photographers, bird watchers, artists, and wild food foragers.
General Plant Community Types in the Adirondacks
Overview to Special Groups of Adirondack Wildflowers
Species Accounts (by Predominant Flower Color)
Index to Species Descriptions
Donald J. Leopold is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is the author or coauthor of many books, including Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation.
Lytton John Musselman is the Mary Payne Hogan Distinguished Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants: Easy to Pick, Easy to Prepare.
"I can't remember a book making me so eager for spring. Others may have given me the feel of that swift, sweet season, but none has given me so much to do when it arrives [...] The book's layout and typography are simple and elegant, and its photos are beautiful – many of them exceedingly so [...] [Wildflowers of the Adirondacks] also has an intangible quality I don't get from many other guidebooks: Somehow it motivates me to get out and use it."
– Peter Crowley, Adirondack Daily Enterprise