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Native Plant References

Gardening Information

Plant Identification:

Beginner / All skill levels

  • Larry C. Burrill, Steven A. Dewey, David W. Cudney, and B.E. Nelson, Weeds of the West (University of Wyoming).
  • Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, Wildflowers of the Cottonwood Canyons (Cottonwood Canyons Foundation).
  • Thomas J. Elpel, Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification (Hops Press).
  • James G. Harris and Melinda Woolf Harris, Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary (Spring Lake Publishing).
  • Steve Hegji, Wasatch Wildflowers: A Field Guide (Cedar Fort Inc).


  • Renee Van Buren, Janet G. Cooper, Leila M. Shultz, and Kimball T. Harper, Woody Plants of Utah: A Field Guide with Identification Keys to Native and Naturalized Trees, Shrubs, Cacti, and Vines (Utah State University Press).


  • Arthur Cronquist, Noel H. Holmgren, Patrick K. Holmgren, and J.L. Reveal, Intermountain Flora (The New York Botanical Garden Press).
  • Stanley Welsh, N. Duane Atwood, Sherel Goodrich, and Larry C. Higgins, A Utah Flora (Brigham Young University).

Gardening with Native Plants

  • Jan Busco and Nancy R. Morin, Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens (Fulcrum Publishing).
  • Wendy Mee, Jaren Barnes, Roger Kjelgren, Richard Sutton, Teresa Cerny and Craig Johnson, Water Wise: Native Plants for Intermountain Landscapes (Utah State University Press).
  • Susan E. Meyer, Roger K. Kjelgren, Darrel G. Morrison and William A. Varga, Landscaping on the New Frontier: Waterwise Design for the Intermountain West (Utah State University Press)
  • Utah State University Extension, Combinations for Conservation by The Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (Utah State University Extension).

Online Resources