The desert is not as barren and colorless as some people might think. We have beautiful and colorful plants and flowers in the Sonoran Desert. If we've had enough rain, the spring wildflower season is spectacular. Use some of these books and field guides to identify the unusual plants and flowers that you'll find around Arizona.
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Sonoran Desert Wildflowers
The subtitle of this book is: A Guide To Common Plants (Wildflower Series). This guide features 300 of the common plants of the Sonoran Desert, with detailed descriptions, information about bloom season and interesting facts about each plant. 300 color photographs. Paperback, 256 pages.
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Wildflowers of Arizona Field GuideYour guide to 200 of Arizona's flowers. Full-page photos and descriptions make this a great guide for beginners. Species are organized by color.
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Plants of Arizona: A Field GuideBoth amateurs and professionals will appreciate hundreds of color photographs and descriptive text identifying Arizona plants, wildflowers, and trees.Paperback, 350 pages.
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Arizona Trees & WildflowersOne of the Pocket Naturalist series, this is a pocket field guide that can be used for both the experienced and the novice. The folding guide highlights up to 150 specimens. Laminated for durability. 12 pages.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Flowers of the Southwest DesertsField guide to over 100 of the most common flowering desert plants, emphasizing those likely to be found in National Parks. Detailed line drawings for identification. Black and white illustrations. Plants are organized by color of flower blossoms. Paperback, 136 pages.
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Cacti of the Desert SouthwestCacti are organized by scientific name, and common names are provided. Identification information and short historical information is presented for every cactus. 86 color photographs. Paperback, 96 pages.