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Phlox: A Natural History and Gardener's Guideby James H. Locklear
Synopses & Reviews
No other group of plants in North America can equal Phlox for its preeminence in the wild and in the garden. Its sixty-one species appear in (and sometimes define) plant communities up and down the continent. And no American genus has enjoyed a richer history in the world's gardens.
But until now, there has been no comprehensive horticultural account of the genus. In Phlox, plant expert James H. Locklear provides detailed profiles of all the currently recognized species of Phlox. Each contains general and botanical descriptions, geographic range, a description of its environment, associations with other plants, and notes on cultivation.
This landmark of horticultural literature will be the definitive reference for years to come for Phlox enthusiasts, native plant aficionados, rock gardeners, and those with an interest in the natural history of North American flora.
Book News Annotation:
This is the first comprehensive natural history of the genus phlox, whose 61 species of the diminutive, predominantly pink and white flowers can be found throughout North America and parts of Mexico. Locklear, a public horticulturist living in Nebraska, traveled widely over a ten-year period studying the myriad species in their natural environments. He offers a fascinating account of the botanical and horticultural history of phlox before devoting the bulk of the text to species accounts. From Phlox aculeata (Payette phlox), which grows along Idaho's Snake River Canyon, to the Phlox woodhousei (Mogollon phlox) of the Colorado plateau, all 61 varieties are profiled in detail with botanical descriptions, geographic range, preferred environment, relationships to other plants in the region, natural history notes, and cultivation information. 73 high-quality color plates are provided along with phlox lists by state and province, a glossary, and lengthy bibliography. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
James Locklear has worked in the field of public horticulture for twenty-five years, serving five years as director of the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Kansas and fourteen years as director of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. He has introduced several Great Plains native wildflowers into commercial nursery production and also has conducted research on imperiled plants for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy.
He has written extensively on the plants and ecology of the Great Plains for gardening and natural history publications. Jim and his wife, Lynn, live in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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