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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.

Plant Identification Guide

The Plant Guide

This guide contains images and growth characteristics of 850 species of plants found in northeast Kansas. There are 4289 images of plants in the guide.

The guide includes both native (indigenous) and introduced (alien) species of plants.

Search the Plant Guide lets you query the plant database using various plant characteristics.

About Plant Guide explains more about the images & growth characteristics.

Plant Lists

Use these shortcut lists to find common groups of plants.

  • Trees - Woody with mostly a single main stem (trunk)
  • Shrubs - Woody with multiple stems, smaller than a tree
  • Vines - Woody or Herbaceous (not woody) plant that sprawls or climbs
  • Grasses - Grass and grass-like plants, includes sedges, rushes, and other graminoids
  • Perennials - Herbaceous (not woody) plant that lives three or more years
  • Biennials - Herbaceous (not woody) plant that lives two years, flowering the second year
  • Annuals - Herbaceous (not woody) plant that lives only one year. Most weedy plants are annuals.


Reference Books used in conjuction with this guide will help you learn to identify our many native and introduced plants.

No one guide book will contain every plant that you encounter. I've also included books on prairie reconstruction, restoration, and management for those needing information on those topics.

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