Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas

A New Guide for Plant Identification and Use in the Coastal Landscape

By Paul E. Hosier

504 pp., 6 x 9, 745 color plates., 7 halftones, 2 graphs, 6 tables, appends., bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4143-0
    Published: June 2018
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-4144-7
    Published: June 2018
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-4246-6
    Published: June 2018

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Awards & distinctions

A 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

2019 Notable Government Document (State and Local Selection), Government Documents Round Table, American Library Association

This accessibly written and authoritative guide updates the beloved and much-used 1970s classic Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas. In this completely reimagined book, Paul E. Hosier provides a rich, new reference guide to plant life in the coastal zone of the Carolinas for nature lovers, gardeners, landscapers, students, and community leaders.

Features include:

· Detailed profiles of more than 200 plants, with color photographs and information about identification, value to wildlife, relationship to natural communities, propagation, and landscape use.

· Background on coastal plant communities, including the effects of invasive species and the benefits of using native plants in landscaping.

· A section on the effects of climate change on the coast and its plants.

· A list of natural areas and preserves open to visitors interested in observing native plants in the coastal Carolinas.

· A glossary that includes plant names and scientific terms.

With a special emphasis on the benefits of conserving and landscaping with native plants, this guide belongs on the shelf of every resident and visitor to the coasts of the Carolinas.

Published in association with North Carolina Sea Grant

About the Author

Paul E. Hosier is professor emeritus of botany at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
For more information about Paul E. Hosier, visit the Author Page.


“A resource useful for researchers, students, professionals, homeowners, and businesses.”—Choice

"Clear and concise, a timely book that will be of use to coastal landowners and managers, as well as weekenders and biologists."—Bruce A. Sorrie, author of A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region

"This long-awaited new edition will be a valuable resource for all those who love the Carolina coast."—Katherine Mitchell, NC Aquarium of Roanoke Island