Michigan lily (Lilium michiganense). Photo: Scott Woodbury
Books, Articles, & Other Publications
The following books, articles and other publications provide specific information on a wide range of native plant topics. Several of the books listed below are available for purchase from the Grow Native! gift shop.
A Gardener’s Encyclopedia of Wildflowers
by C. Colston Burrell. Readers will find this book’s highly practical and visual guide a great asset in choosing wildflowers that will thrive in their own gardens. The book focuses on the three main types of wildflower gardens–woodland meadow and prairie. Species included are not limited to lower Midwest natives.
A Guide to Native Landscaping in Missouri from Shaw Nature Reserve and the Missouri Department of Conservation
Chapter Two: Rain Gardening and Storm-water Management: A Landscaping Guide for Missouri
A Resident’s Reference Guide to Stormwater Management
Published by Kansas City Water Services, this guide covers stormwater, stormwater pollution, how residents can prevent stormwater pollution and reduce runoff, and stormwater fees and credits.
A Resident’s Reference Guide to Creating a Raingarden
Published by Kansas City Water Services, this guide covers design, maintenance, plant characteristics, and ideas for a rain garden.
Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide
by Heather Holm. In-depth profiles of 27 bee genera covering the life cycles, habitats, diet, foraging behaviors, crops pollinated, nesting lifestyles, seasonality, and preferred native forage plants. Purchase this book at the MPF/GN gift shop.
Bringing Nature Home
by Doug Tallamy. In this New York Times bestseller, Tallamy explains how choosing native plants is essential to supporting beneficial wildlife. Purchase this book at the MPF/GN gift shop.
Building Inside Nature’s Envelope
by Andy Wasowski. Wasowski argues that the unnatural landscape so common in America literally exists on artificial life support. A natural landscape on the other hand is filled with life and can exist with nominal maintenance. Read this book to find out how new construction and land and habitat preservation can work together.
Conservation Planning Tools for Missouri Communities
By Ronda Burnett, Missouri Department of Conservation. Read it here.
by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher. This book challenges traditional gardening practices and focuses on purposeful landscaping to benefit wildlife and the environment.
Gardening with Nature
by James van Sweden and Wolfgang Oehme. Although not all species or garden examples are Midwestern, the design concept of planting colorful drifts of wildflowers or grasses is well illustrated and sure to inspire.
Go Native! Gardening with Native Plants and Wildflowers in the Lower Midwest
by Carolyn Harstad. This book offers a broad spectrum of knowledge on gardening with native plants including planning, site and soil preparation, garden design, plant selection and propagation. It also covers how to create native plant environments such as prairies, meadows, wetlands and woodlands and includes information on native trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers.
by Lorraine Johnson. This book takes you on a native gardening journey across the United States. The photographs and author’s style engage the reader in learning about indigenous landscaping.
Growing and Propagating Wildflowers
by Harry Phillips. A useful book with easy-to-follow instructions for raising native plants from seeds, cuttings and divisions. Specific instructions for nearly 100 different species.
Missouri Wildflowers, Sixth Edition
by Edgar Denison. This handy reference manual is sorted by color.
Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People
by Dave Tylka. Richly illustrated with photographs and helpful illustrations, veteran wildlife landscaper Dave Tylka’s book will show you how to use native Midwestern plants to beautify your property and benefit wildlife.
Native Plants of the Midwest
by Alan Branhagen. Branhagen profiles hundreds of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, and more in this comprehensive guide to midwestern native plants. Purchase this book at the MPF/GN gift shop.
Nature’s Best Hope
by Doug Tallamy. This New York Times bestseller, published in 2020, urges homeowners to “take environmental action into their own hands, one yard at a time.” Purchase this book at the MPF/GN gift shop.
by Sara Stein. A former conventional suburban gardener, Stein writes convincingly of the ecological history of suburbia and the necessity of good stewardship. Stein conducted research that led to a radical change in the way she gardened after noticing the absence of many creatures she remembered seeing as a child. Stein shares her research findings and describes the many ways she put this information to use on her own six acres to restore the land and its plants and animals.
by Don Kurz. This full-color guide contains beautiful photos and interesting facts on 355 wildflowers frequently encountered in the Ozarks. The wildflowers are arranged by color and season of bloom to aid in quick identification.
Planting in a Post-Wild World
by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West. This design-based guide encourages readers to create ecologically beneficial landscapes in an ever changing environment. Purchase this book at the MPF/GN gift shop.
Pollinators and Native Plants
by Heather Holm. Holm’s book lists more than 65 perennial native plant species and the pollinators and beneficial insects they attract. Purchase this book at the MPF/GN gift shop.
Pollinators at Mizzou
by Mizzou Botanic Garden. This booklet was created for a pollinator education program offered to students associated with the Boys & Girls Club. Download a PDF
by Don Kurz. A reference guide to 350 of prairie plans in the United States. Purchase this book at the MPF/GN gift shop.
Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie
by Shirley Shirley. An ideal book for anyone thinking about establishing a prairie planting. Includes practical management tips and illustrations of over a hundred prairie species of the upper Midwest along with thorough descriptions and illustrations.
Roadside Use of Natives
A comprehensive book from the Federal Highway Administration that will help state Departments of Transportation comply with Executive Order 13112, which ended federal funding of highway landscaping that utilizes invasive plants. This book contains practical advice on planting and maintaining non-invasive native species. For more information on this book (FWHA-EP-99-014), write to: Fred Bank, HEPN-30, Room 3240, 400 Seventh St., SW, Washington, CD 20590.
Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers – A Field Guide
Text by Doug Ladd, Photos by Frank Oberle. A valuable field guide to wildflowers of the midwestern tallgrass prairie packed with information and photographs. Comprehensive and scientifically accurate, the guide is useful for the beginner or professional.
The Landscaping Revolution
by Andy Wasowski. Weekend warriors unite! Join the revolution and learn to garden with Mother Nature, not against her. If you’re tired of mowing and concerned about the environmental impact of chemicals, excess watering and using exotic plants in your landscape, this book is for you.
The Midwest Native Plant Primer
by Alan Branhagen. Published in 2020, The Midwest Native Plant Primer is a great resource guide for homeowners wanting to choose native plants for beauty and function. This book features 225 plants covered in his more comprehensive Native Plants of the Midwest book published in 2016. Purchase this book at the MPF/GN gift shop.
The Natural Habitat Garden
by Ken Druse. In this revolutionary book, award-winning author Ken Druse shows American gardeners how to create beautiful native plant gardens that can actually help improve the health of the planet. The selected gardens illustrate how to establish an ecosystem in miniature in your own backyard by landscaping with native plants.
The Prairie Garden
by J. Robert and Beatrice Smith. This book is a great aid to beginners interested in using prairie plants for landscaping small areas as well as more advanced native landscapers wanting to increase or improve larger prairie areas. It includes specific information on 70 species that can be used in town or country.
The Prairie in Seed
by Dave Williams. A beautifully illustrated guide to identifying wildflowers when dormant. Purchase this book at the MPF/GN gift shop.
The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Seed and Seedling Identification in the Upper Midwest
by Dave Williams. A comprehensive seed and seedling identification guide with growth and germination information. Purchase this book at the MPF/GN gift shop.
Trees of Missouri
Text by Don Kurz, Illustrations by Paul Nelson. This comprehensive tree publication includes detailed information on 204 species and is a companion book to Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri, published in 1997. The author has included descriptions of each tree’s habitat and range, in addition to its physical characteristics. Many entries include information about trees’ historical medicinal uses, their benefits to wildlife, and the origins of their scientific names.
Tried & True Missouri Native Plants for Your Yard
A number of vines, ferns, grasses & sedges, perennials, shrubs, small trees, and trees are listed in this guide with photos, growing conditions, and other details. Publication from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Grow Native! Articles from the Missouri Prairie Journal
The Missouri Prairie Foundation has been publishing the Missouri Prairie Journal since 1979. Print magazines are sent to Missouri Prairie Foundation members as a benefit of membership. Digitized articles from volumes since 2003 are available here, and Grow Native! articles are linked below:
Natives: The Perfect Additions to an Imperfect Garden, Vol. 41, No. 3 & 4, 2020
Transformation of a Library Landscape, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2020
Grow Native! Turns 20, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2020
Grow Native! Front Yard Formal: A New Way to Middle Ground, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2019
Grow Native! Fantastic Moths and Their Woody Plant Hosts, Vol. 39, No. 3-4, 2018
Grow Native! Thankful for Flies in the Garden, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2018
Grow Native! Winning Plant Combinations, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2017
Grow Native! Native Alternatives to Bush Honeysuckle, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2017
Grow Native! Gardening for Bumble Bees, Vol. 37, No. 3 & 4, 2016
Grow Native! Integrating Natives into a Non-Native, Traditional Landscape, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2016
Grow Native! Gardening for Monarchs, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2016
Grow Native! Common Native Medicinal and Edible Plants, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2015
Grow Native! Native Plants for Flower Arrangements, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2015
Grow Native! Landscaping with Native Small Trees, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2014
Grow Native! Native Plant Container Gardening, Vol. 35, Nos. 3 & 4, 2014
Grow Native! It Starts with a Plant, Vol. 34, No. 3 & 4, 2013
Grow Native! for Water Quality, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2012
Grow Native! Gardening with Native Sedges, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2012
Grow Native! Missouri’s Native Aquatics, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2014
Grow Native! Achieving Balance with Native Landscaping, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2012
Grow Native! Prairie Gardening with Propagated Plants, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2009
Grow Native! Harnessing Prairie Plant Potential for Human Needs, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2015
Grow Native! Gardening with Native Vines, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2013
Grow Native! Establishing a Prairie Border Garden, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2013
Grow Native! New Buffalo grass Cultivar for Lawns (pg. 28), Vol. 38, No. 1, 2017
Grow Native! Native Landscaping for Skippers, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2018
Grow Native! Defending against Deer and Rabbits, Vol. 28, No. 3&4, 2018
Grow Native! Wasps: Allies in the Garden, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2019
Grow Native! Native Foliage in Autumn, Vol. 40, No. 3 & 4, 2019