Books on Indiana Native Plants

Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests: A Field Guide by Michael A. Homoya, foreword by Marion T. Jackson

This beautifully illustrated guide identifies nearly 300 common plants in Indiana's most prominent ecosystem—the Eastern Deciduous Forest. For ease of identification, the plants are arranged by flower color or growth form, providing a convenient way to distinguish a great majority of plants in any given woodland. Available at IU Press.

Orchids of Indiana by Michael A. Homoya

In this handsome, comprehensive volume, Michael Homoya gives us an inside look at Indiana's wild orchids, detailing their distinguishing characteristics, habitat preferences, species associates, and state and continental ranges. More than one hundred color plates and scientific illustrations complement the text, with each orchid depicted as it occurs in Indiana's landscape. Homoya provides concise but thorough treatments of Indiana's natural regions and communities and of orchid morphology, reproduction, and ecology. The book's botanical keys, glossary, pronunciation guide, range maps, blooming chart, and alphabetical format will also appeal to naturalists and orchid lovers everywhere. Copies available from the co-publisher, Indiana Academy of Science

Field Guide to Indiana Wildflowers by Kay Yatskievych

This standard-setting, state-of-the-art field guide to the wildflowers of Indiana (and surrounding states) includes all 1,568 herbaceous species recorded in the state. It contains 640 color photographs, along with helpful explanations and numerous drawings of the characteristics that separate each of the individual species. With an emphasis on completeness, strong visual presentation, and simplicity of terminology, this book will be invaluable to anyone, amateur or botanical professional, interested in Indiana's diverse wildflower population. Available at IU Press or

Trees of Indiana by Maryrose Wampler, Illustrator, and Fred Wampler

All admirers of fine nature art in Indiana and the Midwest know the distinctive and intricate paintings of Maryrose Wampler, and of her earlier book, Wildflowers of Indiana, which profiled 350 species and remains enormously popular. Now comes this ambitious volume dealing with Indiana's native trees. Each of the 72 color plates depicts one species, presented as a living organism in its natural settings. Fred Wampler has contributed fascinating text to go with each plate, describing the tree's properties, natural history, uses, and special features. A book for all art lovers and naturalists. Available at

Wildflowers of Indiana by Maryrose Wampler (Illustrator) and Fred Wampler (Editor)

Maryrose Wampler is the premier wildflower artist in Indiana, if not the Midwest. This lavish and oversize volume contains 80 full-color views of over 300 species of wildflowers that vary from woodland to roadside to field, and from season to season. Wildflowers of Indiana is at once a celebration of nature through the eyes of a gifted artist and a collector's item for lovers of nature and fine books everywhere. Available at

Flora of Indiana by Charles Deam

Reprinted by Blackburn Press. Order information at

Trees of Indiana and Shrubs of Indiana by Charles Deam

These sought-after classics have been reprinted and are available through Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D Forestry Committee. Contact Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D, P.O. Box 407, Versailles, IN 47042, (812) 689-6410


101 Trees of Indiana: A Field Guide by Marion T. Jackson and Katherine Harrington, Illustrator

From American beech to yellow-wood, Indiana's trees are presented in beautiful field guide. Accessible and authoritative, it is perfectly sized to fit in a pocket or backpack & contains all you need to identify a tree in Indiana, whatever the season. Includes up-to-date maps, over 400 illustrations. Available directly from IU Press or

Plants of the Chicago Region (Fourth Edition) by Floyd Swink & Gerould Wilhelm

Describes and explains the revolutionary Coefficient of Conservatism (C values) and Floristic Quality Assessment methodology. Edward Voss Floyd Swink was a legendary plantsman and natural history educator in the Chicago region. Gerould Wilhelm was an understudy to Swink for several years and currently is Principal Research Scientist with the Conservation Research Institute in Elmhurst, Illinois. Available from Indiana Academy of Science.

Sedges of Indiana and the Adjacent States: The Non-Carex Species by Paul E. Rothrock

This attractive publication is as relevant to gardeners as it is to natural areas biologists and plant taxonomists. "The book is so well written, illustrated and organized that it will set the standard for state compilations of specific plant groups for some time to come! A copy should be on the shelf of every botanist in the Midwest."—Paul MacKensie Available from Indiana Academy of Science.

The Sunflower Family in the Upper Midwest by Thomas M. Antonio & Susanne Masi

Features 544 photos as well as dot maps for each of the 150 treated species. The maps cover six states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin). The species are arranged by flower color and floret type, and then alphabetically within each of the four groups. Many of the habit shots are full-page, providing the user with a suite of associated plant species and a feel for where to find the species. Available from Indiana Academy of Science.

Mosses of Indiana: An Illustrated Manual by Winona H. Welch

After being listed as OUT OF PRINT and unavailable for many years, the IAS acquired the nearly 400 copies found in three wooden footlockers in a Department of Forestry storage building in southern Indiana. Published by the now extinct Indiana Department of Conservation, the books are in their original brown wrapping paper. Available from Indiana Academy of Science.