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Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden

By Larry Mellichamp

Photographs by Will Stuart

Opens up [the] world of native plants.

Charlotte Observer

Using native plants in a garden has many benefits. They attract beneficial wildlife and insects, they allow a gardener to create a garden that reflects the native beauty of the region, and they make a garden more sustainable. Because of all this, they are an increasingly popular plant choice for home and public gardens.

Native Plants of the Southeast shows you how to choose the best native plants and how to use them in the garden. This complete guide is an invaluable resource, with plant profiles for over 460 species of trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses, and wildflowers. Each plant description includes information about cultivation and propagation, ranges, and hardiness. Comprehensive lists recommend particular plants for difficult situations, as well as plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife.

Native Plants of the Southeast will be the definitive reference on the region's native flora for years to come.

Media reviews

"Opens up [the] world of native plants."

—Karen Sullivan, Charlotte Observer

"With concise but comprehensive profiles of plants and how they might best be used in conventional garden settings, lavishly enhanced by photography by veteran wildflower photographer Will Stuart, this book should become the go-to resource for southern gardeners eager to break out of the 'local garden center mode' and truly express their botanical individuality."

Salt Magazine

About the author

Larry Mellichamp

Larry Mellichamp is a professor of botany at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and director of the university's botanical gardens. He has written many technical and popular articles on plants and gardening, appears regularly in the local media, and has co-authored four books, including Bizarre Botanicals.

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