Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers

By Harry R. Phillips, Edited by J. Kenneth Moore, C. Ritchie Bell

Foreword by C. Ritchie Bell; Edited by J. Kenneth Moore and C. Ritchie Bell; Illustrations by Dorothy S. Wilbur

Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers

341 pp., 7.375 x 9, 292 b&w illus

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4131-0
    Published: May 1985

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Awards & distinctions

Named one of the '75 Great Garden Books' by the American Horticultural Society

This book, the most complete and expert treatment of wild flower propagation and cultivation to date, offers a sure approach to gardening with native plants while practicing good conservation. Based on ten years of pioneering research at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Growing and Propagating Wild Flowers features practical, easy-to-follow methods for raising native plants from seeds, cuttings, and divisions specific instructions on the propagation and cultivation of plants representing nearly 100 genera of wild flowers, carnivorous plants, and ferns more than 250 illustrations, including 32 color photographs and 3 sample design plans for a perennial border For each species treated, the author includes descriptions of growth habits, flowers, fruits and seeds outstanding ornamental characteristics, flowering and fruiting times detailed directions on the collection, cleaning, storage, and germination of seed information on cultivation and use in the home landscape notes on related species and their propagation The native plants cited as examples are found primarily in the eastern United States. The propagation and handling techniques, however, will be useful throughout the temperate areas of the country.

About the Author

The author, the editors, and the illustrator are affiliated with the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Harry R. Phillips is former curator of native plants, J. Kenneth Moore is assistant director, and C. Ritchie Bell is director emeritus. Dorothy S. Wilbur is programs coordinator for the Garden.
For more information about Harry R. Phillips, visit the Author Page.


"With this book in hand, any gardener can effectively have a wildflower garden without robbing a single plant from nature. . . . You will find this book helpful no matter where you garden."--Southern Living

"No wildflower enthusiast should be without this useful, informative book."--American Horticulturist