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Field guides are a valuable tool for learning to identify plants. I've included links to purchase my favorite Kansas guides to wildflowers, weeds, trees, and grasses.

Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds

Get this comprehensive book to all common wildflowers and weedy plants in the state.


Kansas Wildflower & Grasses

This is a great reference book for both wildflower and grasses of Kansas.


Kansas Trees & Shrubs

Use this reference book to learn our woody plants like trees and shrubs.

Kansas Grasses

If you want to learn to identify our grasses this is the book to have.


Kansas Weeds

Good book to use when trying to identify weedy plants.

Reference Books

About Reference Books

I recommend and use all of these books. I do not include books that I do not recommend. All books can be purchased from Amazon.

Identification of Wildflowers, Grasses, Weeds & other non-woody plants

These are my favorite field guides for wildflowers.

Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds

by Michael John Haddock (Author), Craig C. Freeman (Author), Janét E. Bare (Author)

This is the book I turn to when I can't find a plant in my field guides. It contains all non-woody plants in Kansas.

Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field Guide

by Michael J. Haddock (Author)

This title is a must have, as it covers the entire state of Kansas and includes grasses.

Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers (Wildflower Series)

by Doug Ladd (Author), Frank Oberle (Photographer)

This title is my favorite for the tallgrass prairie region. If you live in the eastern third of Kansas, this is the books to have. There is a 2nd edition of this book but it has a number of plants mislabeled.

Wildflowers of the Western Plains: A Field Guide

by Zoe Merriman Kirkpatrick (Author), Benny J. Simpson (Foreword), David K Northington (Foreword)

If you live in western Kansas this book will be the one you want.

Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska

by Iralee Barnard (Author)

People find grasses difficult to identify, but now there is a book for people wanting to learn to identify our grasses.

Ozark Wildflowers (Wildflower Series)

by Don Kurz (Author)

I prefer this book when identifying woodland wildflowers. It is also a good choice for southeast Kansas, where the Ozarks enter the state.

Field Guide to the Common Weeds of Kansas

by T. M. Barkley (Author)

This guide covers common weeds found in Kansas. The county range maps are especially useful.

Identification of woody plants such as Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines

These titles focus strictly on woody plants.

Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines in Kansas

by H. A. Stephens (Author)

This is THE woody plants guide for Kansas. Its county range maps are extra helpful in identifying trees, shrubs and woody vines in the state.

Trees of Missouri Field Guide (Tree Identification Guides)

by Stan Tekiela (Author)

Many of the trees found in Missouri are also found in Kansas. Use this guide to help with tree identification.

Prairie & Woodland Restoration & Reconstruction Books

The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands (The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series)

by Stephen Packard (Editor), Cornelia F. Mutel (Editor)

If you are serious about restoring your land, this is a must have title.It includes species lists, management techniques, and invasive species control information.

A Practical Guide to Prairie Reconstruction: Second Edition (Bur Oak Book)

by Carl Kurtz (Author)

Use this book if you are planning on planting a prairie on old cropland.

The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Prairie Restoration in the Upper Midwest (Bur Oak Guide)

by Daryl Smith (Author), Dave Williams (Author), Greg Houseal (Author), Kirk Henderson (Author)

Another restoration guide for the midwest.

Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair

by Thomas R. Biebighauser (Author)

A wetland restoration guide.

The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States (Bur Oak Book)

by Chris Helzer (Author)

Use this guide if you already have prairie lands but need to learn how to manage them.

Conducting Prescribed Fires: A Comprehensive Manual

by John R. Weir (Author)

Fire is an integral management tool in managing prairie and woodlands in the midwest.


Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie: An Illustrated Manual for Iowa and the Upper Midwest (Bur Oak Book)

by Shirley Shirley (Author)

This is an excellent guide to propagating many species of plants found on the prairie. It also has management information.

Prairie Books

These books are good for understanding the prairie.

Prairie: A Natural History

by Candace Savage (Author)

This is a good book for understanding the various prairie types and their wildlife.

Prairie Directory of North America: The United States, Canada, and Mexico

by Charlotte Adelman (Author), Bernard Schwartz (Author)

This is a good book to use when searching out original prairies.

Prairie Directory of North America

by Charlotte Adelman (Author), Bernard Schwartz (Author)

This is a good book to use when searching out original prairies.

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