Books on the Natural History of Plants


January 17, 2022

581. Specific topics in the natural history of plants

Further Reading

Wolfgang Stuppy and Rob Kesseler Seeds: Time Capsules of Life, 2006.

This illustrated natural history provides examples of all types of seeds, biological marvels of incredible diversity. Every seed carries all the genetic information needed to produce plants, from the smallest weed to the largest redwood tree.

George Wellington Symonds The Shrub Identification Book: The Visual Method for the Practical Identification of Shrubs, 1973.

George Wellington Symonds uses over 3,500 photographs to illustrate the differences in shrubs, vines, and groundcovers to help readers determine the exact family or genus.

Samuel Thayer The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants, 2006.

Samuel Thayer examines thirty-two North American edible wild plants to help you find, identify, harvest, and prepare them. In addition, Samuel Thayer discusses their conservation and history.


Victoria Johnson American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and the Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, 2018.

Victoria Johnson introduced you to David Hosack, a largely forgotten but eminent member of the newly-formed American republic known for his astounding botanical knowledge. He was a pioneer in pharmaceutical research and the founder of the nation’s first botanical gardens.

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