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Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers

2018
Author:

Phyllis Root
Photography by Kelly Povo

Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers

A beautifully illustrated, family-friendly guide to Minnesota’s native wildflowers and how to find them

Phyllis Root and Kelly Povo chronicle the ten years they spent exploring Minnesota’s woods, prairies, hillsides, lakes, and bogs for wildflowers, taking pictures and notes, gathering clues, mapping the way for fellow flower hunters. Featuring helpful tips, exquisite photographs, and the story of their own search as your guide, the authors place the waiting wonder of Minnesota’s wildflowers within easy reach.

Once prairie grasses and flowers bloomed for hundreds of miles in the western part of what we now call Minnesota. Once tiny orchids grew among the roots of giant old pines, and fleeting blossoms sheltered in the shade of great maple and oak forests. These flowers that grew here for hundreds of years, though harder to find now, are still there, and this book shows you how to discover them.

Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers chronicles the ten years that Phyllis Root and Kelly Povo spent exploring Minnesota’s woods, prairies, hillsides, lakes, and bogs for wildflowers, taking pictures and notes, gathering clues, mapping the way for fellow flower hunters. This book is a treasure trove of plant lore and information, the perfect companion for anyone who wants to find—or simply to find out more about—shooting stars and kitten tails, prairie smoke and Dutchman’s breeches, blazing star and butterfly weed, and more native flowers than most Minnesotans imagine are blooming nearby.

Readers of Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers will learn where to look for wildflowers and how to identify them, whether in the woods, wetlands, peatlands, or the prairie in spring, summer, or fall; around the state’s 10,000 (or so) lakes; on the North Shore; or, especially, in Minnesota’s many great state parks. Featuring helpful tips, exquisite photographs, and the story of their own search as your guide, Phyllis and Kelly place the waiting wonder of Minnesota’s wildflowers within easy reach.

Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers

Phyllis Root is the author of more than forty books for children, including Plant a Pocket of Prairie and One North Star (both winners of the John Burroughs Riverby Award for excellent natural history books for young readers) and Big Belching Bog, all published by University of Minnesota Press.

Kelly Povo, a professional photographer for thirty years, has exhibited in galleries and art shows across the country. Her cards, gift books, and calendars have been sold internationally. She and Phyllis have collaborated on several books.

Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers

Introduction: A Whole Wide World Waiting

Finding Native Wildflowers
What Treasures Might You Find?
Prairie, Woods, and Pines
What Is a Native Plant Community?
What a Native Plant Community Does
How Do You Look for Native Wildflowers?
Where Do You Look?
Go Prepared
Become a Phenologist
Picture This
A Note about Names

A Year of Native Wildflowers
Spring
Big Woods
Early Prairie
North Shore
Northern Forest
Summer
Minnesota Wetlands
High Summer on the Prairie
10,000 Lakes (More or Less)
Minnesota Peatlands
Autumn
Autumn Woods
Prairie Fall

Epilogue: Turning of the Seasons
Glossary
Resources
A Color Guide to Flowers
Index