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Gardening With Prairie Plants
By Sally Wasowski, with Andy Wasowski
Published by: University of Minnesota Press

Intended for beginning and advanced gardeners alike, this book explains the benefits and how-to of gardening with native prairie plants. The book includes an easy-to-understand discussion of long-grass vs. short-grass prairies; information on the design, installation and maintenance of prairie gardens; and 241 large color photographs accompanying plant profiles and floral distribution maps.

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The Midwestern Native Garden
By Charlotte Adelman & Bernard L. Schwartz
Published by: Ohio University Press

The authors provide a comprehensive selection of native alternatives that look similar or even identical to a range of nonnative ornamentals. These are native plants that are suitable for all garden styles, bloom during the same season, and have the same cultivation requirements as their nonnative counterparts. Plant entries are accompanied by nature notes setting out the specific birds and butterflies the native plants attract.

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Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People
By Dave Tylka
Published by: Missouri Department of Conservation

This beautiful, colorful book is an essential tool for anyone interested in gardening or landscaping with plants native to the midwest. Tylka discusses ideas for benefiting wildlife while beautifying your property.

Available through the Missouri Department of Conservation at


Native Plant Selection Guide for Oklahoma Woody Plants
by Darlene L. Michael
Published by: Oklahoma Native Plant Society

This comprehensive list of plants native to Oklahoma provides detailed information on all plants, listed in chart form. Michael classifies plants by where they best grow, what form they take (tree, shrub, vine or groundcover), their function in environmental design, their mature size, and the conditions under which they will grow.

Contact Susan Chambers (, 238 E. Robin Rd., Midwest City, OK 73130. The booklet costs $6.85.


Native and Adapted Landscape Plants
an Earth-Wise Guide for Central Texas

Published by: Grow Green (, the City of Austin, and the Texas Cooperative Extension

Clear and thorough, this booklet lists nearly 200 native Texas plants. Plant charts include each plant's growing area, height, spread, light requirements, water needs, maintenance, and color photographs of each plant on the adjoining pages.

Available: Visit to view this text on-line or find a local nursery that distributes it. Free in Austin, $1 maximum outside of Austin.


Prairie in Your Pocket
by Mark Muller
Published by: University of Iowa Press

This easy-to-use, compact identification guide is laminated for durability and can fit into a pocket or glove compartment. It includes color pictures and information on 114 plants of the tallgrass prairie.

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Woodland in Your Pocket
by Mark Muller
Published by: University of Iowa Press

Written and designed in the same small, durable, easy-to-use style as Prairie in Your Pocket, this identification guide by artist and botanist Mark Muller includes color illustrations and information on 59 native species of the remnants of native woodlands that exist across the midwest.

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