Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots

Overview

California boasts one of the richest assemblages of native plant species in the world, and among the state's most beautiful flowering plants are its monocotyledons -- a large and varied group including lilies, irises, grasses, orchids, agaves, and even palms. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses, created under the auspices of the California Native Plant Society, tells how to grow California monocots in the garden. Beautifully illustrated with color photographs and line drawings, the book contains valuable information...
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Overview

California boasts one of the richest assemblages of native plant species in the world, and among the state's most beautiful flowering plants are its monocotyledons -- a large and varied group including lilies, irises, grasses, orchids, agaves, and even palms. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses, created under the auspices of the California Native Plant Society, tells how to grow California monocots in the garden. Beautifully illustrated with color photographs and line drawings, the book contains valuable information on exactly which species are best adapted to garden conditions, how to grow them, and where to obtain them from nurseries and mail-order suppliers. Gardeners can be highly successful with many of California's most exquisite native monocots, and in addition to the enjoyment they bring, propagating these lovely native plants helps ensure their long-term preservation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520238497
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Harlow was for the past ten years Supervisor of Water Conservation for the East Bay Municipal Utility District. She has been assistant editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine and is a practicing landscape architect. Kristin Jakob is an award-winning botanical illustrator whose drawings have been featured in books, journals, and exhibitions in the United States and abroad. She is also a nursery and garden consultant.

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Table of Contents

Preface
I Introduction 1
II Bulbs and bulblike plants 11
Lilies and lilylike plants 13
Calochortus 51
Trilliums 64
Alliums and brodiaeas 69
Irises and sisyrinchiums 93
Arums 111
Orchids 113
III Grasses and grasslike plants 123
Grasses 127
Sedges 176
Rushes 192
Cattails and bur-reeds 199
IV Succulent and xerophytic plants 205
Agaves, yuccas, and nolinas 205
V Palms 221
About the authors 227
Glossary 229
Site preferences of California monocots 235
Selected readings 251
Display gardens 253
Resources 255
Nurseries and seed suppliers 257
Photographers 263
Index 265
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