Native Flower and Plant Guide

This page is the Native Shrub Identification Guide.  The links below, however, go beyond the shrub and include a wide variety of plants.

The order of links:

TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, COLORADO, ARIZONA, UTAH, NEVADA, CALIFORNIA, MONTANA, NATIONAL DATABASE.

TEXAS

Texas Bluebonnet: Texas State Flower (Lupinus texensis), Photo by J. Matthews

For Texas, Texas A&M University provides a Texas Native Shrubs guide.  Primarily a shrub guide with pictures, scientific descriptions.  Excellent.  You must know the common name of the shrub to access the information and photographs.

A tremendous resource for Texas and the Southwest, including sustainable habitat initiatives is Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Plant Database The University of Texas at Austin.  Regardless of your politics, this website is a gold mine of information on shrubs, flowers, trees and sustainable culture.

The University of Texas Plant Herbarium: Plant Resources Center provides an extensive collection of plant illustrations and scientific data.  Color photos.  Includes the Gideon Lincecum Virtual Herbarium of medicinal plants in Texas.  The Gideon Lincecum is a subset of the site and is fabulous on identification and application of plant attributes for medicine.  Its link is Common Names of Medicinal Plants in the Gideon Lincecum Virtual Herbarium with handwritten notes.  On the back of each sketch or plant imprint are the field notes.

Texas Wildflower Guide by Gary Regner Photography.   Includes a start-up identification process based on color.

NEW MEXICO

Yucca Blossoms: New Mexico State Flower (Yucca glauca), Photo by J. Matthews

For New Mexico, please see Native Plant Society of New Mexico.

Patrick Alexander’s Home Page of New Mexico Flora. Excellent photos.

New Mexico State University Department of Biology Herbarium provides a database of southwestern plants.  It is also a launching site for other databases and photographs.

High Country Gardens (commercial website selling high country shrubs, plants and trees, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico).

COLORADO

Rocky Mountain Columbine: Colorado State Flower (Aquilegia caerules), Photo courtesy of 50states.com

For Colorado, refer to Colorado Plant Database, Colorado State University.

ARIZONA

Saguaro Cactus Blossom: Arizona State Flower (Carnegiea gigantea), Photo courtesy of Arizona State Library

Arizona has an enormous variety of native plants and shrubs.  The website of the Arizona Native Plant Society provides access to photographs, documents and guides.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Digital Library. This includes animals, minerals and biotic communities.  Images are quite extensive in scope.

UTAH

Sego Lily: Utah State Flower (Calochortus gunnisonii), Photo courtesy of netstate.com

 

Wild Utah Plants. Useful site for identification with color photographs and commentary, some scientific description.  Website by Nicky Davis.

Utah’s Native Plant Society Home Page. Traditional native plant society web page.  No extensive identification guide or links.

Utah Native Plants by the Utah State University. A very brief, but informative, listing of Utah native plants.

NEVADA

Sagebrush: Nevada State Flower (Artemesia tridentata), Photo courtesy of 50states.com

Nevada Native Plant Society.

Nevada Rare Plant Atlas. This online atlas includes links to photographs, scientific descriptions.  Quite well put together by James D. Morefield, botanist.

CALIFORNIA

Golden Poppy: California State Flower (Eschscholzia californica), Photo courtesy of 50states.com

California Native Plant Society.

Growing Native Plants, a blog in California devoted to growing native plants. The blog is a young blog, but the blogger is knowledgeable and hopefully will post more.

MONTANA

Bitteroot: Montana State Flower (Lewisia rediviva), Photo courtesy of sodahead.com

Montana Native Plant Society.

As a subset under Montana Native Plant Society, they have a listing of several species of plants that the Lewis and Clark expedition collected in 1803-1806.  The Lewis and Clark subset of plants includes Adobe Reader (.pdf) file from:

Plants Collected in Montana During the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Housed in the Lewis and Clark Herbarium at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia (pdf).

NATIONAL

USDA Plant Database (Natural Resources Conservation Service). This includes a search engine by state.  This is comprehensive list (Texas lists 19,000 items), but it includes digital images for a great many plants.  The image gallery can also be searched by state, photographer and even book citation.  Easier to use than at first glance.

Wildland Shrubs of the United States and Territories: Thamnic Descriptions, edited by John K. Francis.  USDA Forest Service Technical Report. This technical report on shrubs has drawings and photographs of shrubs, but in black and white.  Though valuable, color photos would be helpful.  The technical attributes are extensive in detail.

6 responses to “Native Flower and Plant Guide

  1. I found your blog by way of Montana Outdoors… this is a GREAT resource… I’m often at a loss (no matter how many books on flower ID I have on hand) to find flower identification. I’m a frequent traveler to Montana and neighboring states so have bookmarked this post for future reference. In summer, my blog has lots of flower posts… this time of year… it’s birds and catching up with whatever else I meant to post but somehow didn’t find the time.

    I’ll be back another day to poke around and read more of your posts.

    • Victoria, Thank you for commenting…I’m glad you like the ID pages. They were an afterthought last year, but I am seeing that they are used more frequently than any other part of my blog.

  2. For the past five months I’ve been writing a daily column promoting Texas native plants:

    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

    I’m not attempting to be systematic, but over time I’ve covered quite a few species.

  3. Thanks, Jack. Let’s hear it for our native plants!

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