Recommended Field Guides:

Plants of the Rocky Mountains. Kershaw, MacKinninon and Alaback. Lone Pine Field Guide. 1998. Field guide provides keys and color photographs of wildflowers, trees, and shrubs and some grasses of the region.

Wildflowers of Montana.  Donald Anthony Schiemann. 2005  Mountain Press Publishing Company, P.O. Box 2399 Missoula, MT 59806 (406) 728-1900 $22 Email:  Available at most bookstores. Very user-friendly with wonderful photos.

Central Rocky Mountain Wildflowers. H. Wayne Phillips. Falcon Publishing. 1999. Authored by past president of MNPS, a field guide to plants of our region with great color photographs.

Recommended Books:

Bringing Nature Home – How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens.  Douglas W. Tallamy.  2007.  Timber Press, Inc. Portland, OR.  A must read!

Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West.  Gregory L. Tilford. 1997.  Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT 1997  (406) 728-1900.  $21 Email:   website:

Flora of Glacier National Park.  Peter Lesica.  2002.  Oregon State University Press. A fairly technical guide to the plants of Glacier National Park.  Line drawings

Forest Wildflowers. Dee Strickler. Showy Wildflowers of the Woods, Mountains and Forests of the Northern Rocky Mountains. The Flower Press. Columbia Falls, Montana. 1998.

High and Dry – Gardening with Cold-Hardy Dryland Plants.  Robert Nold. 2008.  Timber Press, Inc. Portland, OR.  Humorous and insightful!

Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Peter Lesica. 2012. Brit Press, TX. A technical key to the plants of Montana – for those familiar with botanical nomenclature.

Northwest Penstemons. Dee Strickler. The Flower Press. Columbia Falls, Montana. 1997.

Prairie Wildflowers. Dee Strickler. Showy Wildflowers of the Plains, Valleys, and Foothills in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The Flower Press. Columbia Falls, Montana. 1986.

Waterwise and Native Plants for Missoula County. Helen Atthowe., et al. Available  from the Missoula County Extension Service, 126 Spruce, Missoula MT 59802. Excellent information on specific growing requirements. Covers many species that do well throughout the state.

Helpful websites:

Montana Native Plant Society
– find the chapter in your area, society events, resources, garden award info

Native Plant Network:
– plant propagation techniques for individual species

Montana Plant Life – Flora and Identification
– plant identification

Montana Weed Control Association:
– weed identification and management

University of Montana Herbarium:
– extensive collection of plant specimens and online database to locate plants

Wild Ones:
– landscaping with native plants

Smiling Gardener:
– low maintenance landscaping – wildflowers for our friends in Alberta, CA