How to Know the Fall Flowers: Pictured-Keys for Determining the More Common Fall-Flowering Herbaceous Plants with Suggestions and Aids for Their Study


An absorbing hobby contributes much toward a person's happiness. Interest in some form of biology is heartily recommended as a restful leisure-time pursuit. It is inexpensive and almost always available; it holds your interest and contributes to healthy outdoor living. To be on familiar terms with each of the world's more than a million species of plants and animals is impossible. However, we can get acquainted with some of them. Learning to recognize many of our more-common fall flowers will prove relatively easy and quite satisfying.

It has been our aim to gather together in this book many of the well known herbaceous fall-flowering plants of southern Canada and the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Plants cannot always be designated as blooming only in the spring, summer, or fall. Most of the asters, goldenrods, and gentians restrict their blooming to autumn whereas some plants start to flower in the spring or summer months and continue until frost. Representative species from both of these groups are included as well as a few plants which are conspicuous in the fall because of their fruit. Grasses, rushes, sedges, and plants of tropical United States have not been considered.

Over 350 species of fall-flowering plants are keyed and illustrated. Mention is made of others. The range of each species is shown by means of individual distribution maps. Measurements apply to a typical plant of the species.

We have constantly endeavored to choose simple and understandable words often supplementing them with illustrations to further clarify doubtful points. Thus it is hoped that beginners will be encouraged to find lasting pleasure in their study of fall flowers. The more experienced probably will not object seriously to this feature. At no point has scientific reliability or accuracy been knowingly sacrificed for the sake of simplicity.

This book could not have been written without the generous and understanding assistance of Professor H. E. Jaques. Appreciation for helpful advice goes to Dr. Edgar T. Wherry. Others have assisted in various ways. We are grateful to them all.

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan September, 1948 . . .

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Dubuque, IA
Publication year:
  • 1948


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