Field Book of Western Wild Flowers: The Ultimate Guide to Flowers Growing West of the Rocky Mountains

Field Book of Western Wild Flowers: The Ultimate Guide to Flowers Growing West of the Rocky Mountains

by Margaret Armstrong


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Margaret Armstrong, a prolific book cover designer and illustrator, spent a few years travelling around the western United States at the beginning of the twentieth century and in 1911 she was one of the first women to descend to the floor of the Grand Canyon. There she discovered some new flower species and began writing and illustrating the exquisite and thorough Field Book of Western Wild Flowers.

This was the first comprehensive handbook to supply detailed information about the plethora of flowers growing in the western United States and includes detailed information on seventy-five plant families, like water-plantain, lilly, buttercup, poppy, mustard, hydrangea, plum, rose, cactus, wintergreen, figwort, and valerian families, and many others.

Armstrong includes information on key characteristics of each species, including height, leaf and petal features, colors, where each flower can most likely be found, ideal conditions they flourish in, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628737950
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 638,123
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Margaret Armstrong (1867–1944) was born in New York to a wealthy family. She was a prolific book cover designer and her design work has been the focus of several major exhibits and is widely collected today. She is the author of Fanny Kemble, A Passionate Victorian, and Trelawny, A Man's Life as well as three murder mysteries.

Table of Contents

Preface iii

List of Colored Plates xi

Technical Terms xiii

Key to Families xv


Water-plantain (Alismaceae) 2

Lily (Liliaceae) 4

Iris (Iridaceae) 66

Orchid (Orchidaceae) 72

Lizard-tail (Saururaceae) 80

Sandalwood (Santalaceae) 82

Birthwort (Aristolochiaceae) 84

Buckwheat (Polygonaceae) 86

Pigweed (Chenopodiaceae) 96

Four-o'clock (Nyctaginaceae) 100

Carpet-weed (Aizoaceae) 108

Pink (Caryophyllaceae) 112

Purslane (Portulacaceae) 120

Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) 126

Barberry (Berberidaceae) 152

Water Lily (Nymphaeaceae) 156

Strawberry Shrub (Calycanthaceae) 158

Poppy (Papaveraceae) 160

Bleeding Heart (Fumariaceae) 168

Mustard (Cruciferae) 174

Caper (Capparidaceae) 186

Orpine (Crassulaceae) 192

Saxifrage (Saxifragaceae) 196

Hydrangea (Hydrangeaceae) 206

Gooseberry (Grossulariaceae) 210

Apple (Pomaceae) 214

Plum (Drupaceae) 216

Rose (Rosaceae) 218

Pea (Fabaceae) 242

Senna (Cassiaceae) 264

Mimosa (Mimosaceae) 266

Krameria (Krameriaceae) 268

Caltrop (Zygophyllaceae) 268

Flax (Linaceae) 270

Wood-sorrel (Oxalidaceae) 272

Geranium (Geraniaceae) 274

Milkwort (Polygalaceae) 278

Meadow Foam (Limnanthateae) 278

Buckeye (Hippocastanaceae) 280

Buckthorn (Rhamnaceae) 282

Mallow (Malvaceae) 284

St. John's-wort (Hypericaceae) 292

Fouquiera (Fouquieriaceae) 294

Violet (Violaceae) 296

Loasa (Loasaceae) 300

Rock-rose (Cistaceae) 304

Cactus (Cactaceae) 304

Evening Primrose (Onagraceae) 312

Parsley (Umbelliferae) 332

Dogwood (Cornaceae) 338

Heath (Ericaceae) 340

Wintergreen (Pyrolaceae) 354

Indian Pipe (Monotropaceae) 356

Primrose (Primulaceae) 362

Olive (Oleaceae) 366

Gentian (Gentianaceae) 368

Milkweed (A sclepiadaceae) 374

Dogbane (A pocynaceae) 378

Buck-bean (Menyanthaceae) 380

Morning-glory (Convolvulaceae) 380

Phlox (Polemoniaceae) 384

Waterleaf (Hydrophyllaceae) 402

Borage (Boraginaceae) 422

Verbena (Verbenaceae) 434

Mint (Labiatae) 434

Potato (Solanaceae) 458

Figwort (Scrophulariaceae) 466

Broom-rape (Orobanchaceae) 504

Madder (Rubiaceae) 506

Valerian (Valerianaceae) 508

Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae) 512

Gourd (Cucurbitaceae) 518

Bellflower (Campanulaceae) 520

Sunflower (Compositae) 522

Chicory (Chicoriaceae) 570

Index 581

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