• An Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants

    An Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants



    An Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants Description:

    By Paul Christiansen and Mark Müller

    Iowa is the only state completely within the tallgrass prairie formation. Thanks to rich soil, adequate rainfall, and warm summer temperatures, hundreds of species combine to produce a diverse, colorful and ever-changing landscape. Using text and maps by Paul Christiansen and newly created drawings by Mark Müller, this first comprehensive guide to the prairie plants native to Iowa provides all the information necessary for identifying and distinguishing even the most similar species.

    Farmers who settled Iowa in the 1800s viewed the great green sea of grasses and wildflowers as a challenge to be replaced with cropfields and pastures. Today we realize that the prairie is an addictive, restorative, aesthetically satisfying place for study and recreation. An Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants is designed to enable those who want to go beyond the most common plants to identify all native species and to learn more about their distribution, structure, and natural history.

    “For over a century, plant lovers have waited for a comprehensive guide that would lead them gently into knowledgeable companionship with Iowa's prairie flora. At last the heart of the tallgrass prairie has what it deserves: an easy-to-use manual, beautifully illustrated, with detailed structural descriptions and distribution maps. As a door for the novice and a sourcebook for the initiated, Paul Christiansen and Mark Müller's book cannot help but increase knowledge and appreciation of Iowa's prairie remnants and thus magnify the preservation of our beleaguered but precious prairie resource.”—Cornelia F. Mutel, author of Fragile Giants: A Natural History of the Loess Hills