Books and pamphlets are listed below alphabetically.

Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L., The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide,  Ohio University Press, 1st Edition 2011,  ISBN 97808 214 19373

While not written for Arkansas, Charlotte Adelman & Bernard L. Schwartz provide a comprehensive selection of native alternatives to non-native flowers and plants for the Midwestern gardener. Plant entries are accompanied by full color photographs or drawings, and notes detailing the specific birds and butterflies the native plants will attract. Paperback. 282 pages

Baldwin, Ford L., and Smith, Edwin B., Weeds of Arkansas, A Guide to Identification, published by the U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, MP 169 $5 plus shipping.

A good resource for identifying the common natives around your home.

Clark, G. Thomas, Winter Twigs of Arkansas, published by Rose Publishing Co., ISBN 0-914546-35-X.

Moderately technical, some knowledge of technical terms good but still useful for the serious beginner who wants to identify trees in winter.  This book is out of print at this time.

Denison, Edgar, Missouri Wildflowers, 4th edition, published by the Missouri Department of Conservation, no ISBN. Library of Congress number 90-621804.

Again not specific to Arkansas, but many Arkansas species are shown. This is an older book and the photography is poor by today’s standards.

Folley, Patricia,  The Guide to Oklahoma Wildflowers, Iowa University Press, 1st edition 2011, ISBN 9781609380465.

We share many of the 200 species of wildflowers that are described with Oklahoma.

Horn, Dennis and Cathcart, Tavia,  Wildflowers Of Tennessee, The Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians, published 2005 by Lone Pine Publishing, ISBN 1551054280.

The focus is on Tennessee, but the Ohio Valley and Southern Appalachians are covered, encompassing all or parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. 800 color photographs, 96 line drawings, 3 full-color state and region maps.

Hunter, Carl G., Trees, Autumn Leaves & Winter Berries in Arkansas, published by the Ozark Society, ISBN 0-912456-20-5.

A smaller booklet, but with the usual excellent photography and high quality. As many of the photographs of berries and fruits are also shown in Trees, Shrubs, & Vines of Arkansas, it is listed mostly for completeness.

Hunter, Carl G., Trees, Shrubs, & Vines of Arkansas, published by the Ozark Society, ISBN 0-912456-11-6.

The companion book to Wildflowers of Arkansas, equally outstanding. Multiple photographs of many species, to show both leaves and fruits. Also highly recommended, for both beginners and experts.

Hunter, Carl G.,  Wildflowers of Arkansas,  4th edition, published by the Ozark Society, ISBN 0-912456-17-5.

Highly recommended for beginner or experienced native plant enthusiast. The best wildflower book we’ve ever seen, many superb photographs, well organized.

Kurz, Don, Arkansas Wildflowers, published 2010 by Tim Ernst Publishing, ISBN  9781882906710.

A guidebook with color photos & descriptions of more than 400 flowers in “The Natural State” and organized by color.

Kurz, Don, Ozark Wildflowers: A Field Guide to Common Ozark Wildflowers, 2nd ed., published 2012 by Globe Pequot Press, a Falcon Guide, ISBN 978-0-7627-7014-4.

Highly recommended for beginner or experienced native plant enthusiast.  Organized by color.   Don Kurz has added 10 new treatments, updated some photos, and added new names to some species.

Kurz, Don, Shrubs and Woody Vines of Missouri, 2nd ed., published 1997 by Missouri Dept. of Conservation,  ISBN-10: 1887247440, ISBN-13: 978-1887247443.

Another book not intended for Arkansas but worthwhile because so many species are found in both Missouri and Arkansas. Author Don Kurz and artist Paul Nelson detail 125 native shrubs, 32 native woody vines, 18 exotic shrubs and 6 exotic woody vines.

Kurz, Don, Trees of Missouri, published 2003 by Missouri Dept. of Conservation,  ISBN-10: 1887247386, ISBN-13: 978-1887247382.

Another book not intended for Arkansas but worthwhile because so many species are found in both Missouri and Arkansas. Its 400 pages cover 204 species and include descriptions of each tree’s habitat, range, and physical characteristics.

Kurz, Don, Trees of Missouri Field Guide,  published by Missouri Dept. of Conservation.

A field guide not intended for Arkansas but worthwhile because so many species are found in both Missouri and Arkansas.  Based on Don Kurz’s original “Trees of Missouri, this concise, easy-to-carry field guide will help you identify trees in your yard, neighborhood or natural area. 174 species are described, with visual organization of species by leaf arrangement and shape.

Moore, Dwight M., Trees of Arkansas,  3rd edition, issued by the Arkansas Forestry Commission, no ISBN, Library of Congress number 74-622532. Might try college bookstores.

Moderately technical, but useful for serious beginners as well as more experienced enthusiasts. Dwight Moore, in addition to his own publications and books, taught several of the other authors in this list and is one of the giants of Arkansas botany.

Niering, William A. and Olmstead, Nancy C., The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflower, Eastern Region, published by Chanticleer Press (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.), ISBN 0-394-50432-1.

Not specific to Arkansas, but many Arkansas species are shown and described. The photography is not as good as the Hunter books but it is a good general reference.

Slaughter, Carl R., Wild Orchids of Arkansas, publisher unknown, ISBN 0-9638497-0-0.

Shows only the 40-odd orchids found in Arkansas. The photographs are full-page and superb. This is a book to keep at home and enjoy – one would never want to risk damaging it by using it in the field.

Smith, Edwin B., An Atlas and Annotated List of the Vascular Plants of Arkansas,  2nd edition, published independently, no ISBN. Might try college bookstores.

Also somewhat technical, useful mostly for anyone who wants to know in which counties of the state a plant has been spotted.

Smith, Edwin B., Keys to the Flora of Arkansas, published by the University of Arkansas Press, ISBN 1-55728-312-5.

Indispensable for the serious enthusiast or botanist who wishes to key out Arkansas plants, but very technical and not recommended for beginners.

Steyermark, Julian A., Flora of Missouri, 2nd edition, 1996, published by Iowa State University Press, ISBN 8013806550.

Another book not intended for Arkansas but worthwhile because so many species are found in both Missouri and Arkansas. Rather technical, and more expensive too – probably not for the beginner.  Steyermark’s 3rd and final vol. of the Flora of Missouri is now out with a discount. Click here for link

Taylor, W. Carl, Arkansas Ferns and Fern Allies, published by the Milwaukee Public Museum, ISBN 0-89326-097-5.

More technical, as is required for the ferns and related plants. Line drawings, but no photographs. This book is unfortunately out of print but used copies may be available.

Zimmerman, Catherine, Urban and Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces,  published by Matrix Media Press,  ISBN-10: 0984456007  ISBN-13: 978-0984456000.

The book provides instructions for site preparation, meadow design and maintenance of your meadow.  There are also sections that include plant lists by region and plant zone, resource contact information, and much more.  Once your meadow is established, it will require only a minimal amount of mowing and you will not need to water, rake or apply pesticides or fertilizer.   See book review blog by Mike Weatherford.


Painter, Tammie, Going Native – Small Steps to a Healthy Garden.  Going Native is currently available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and most other book e-retailers

This is the latest release from Portland-based author Tammie Painter, aka The Sassy Garden Girl. Going Native encourages the use of native plants to build an organic garden that protects native wildlife, conserves resources and keeps chemicals out of the ecosystem.  Although written with gardeners from the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada in mind, gardeners everywhere can use Going Native’s tips and information to create a healthy, low maintenance garden.