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A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina, revised and expanded edition

revised and expanded edition

Patrick D. McMillan, Richard D. Porcher Jr., Douglas A. Rayner, and David B. White

Published: Oct 25 2022


Published: Oct 25 2022


Published: Oct 25 2022

OA Ebook
Published: Oct 25 2022


The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of

A comprehensive and indispensable reference for identifying and appreciating native flora

From its summits to its shores, South Carolina brims with life and unparalleled beauty thanks to its abundant array of native and naturalized flora, all carefully documented in this revised and expanded edition of A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina. Dramatic advances in plant taxonomy and ecology have occurred since the guide's publication 20 years ago; new species have been discovered while others struggle to survive in the face of vanishing habitats and climate change.

The authors, all experienced botanists, offer essays on carnivorous plants, native orchids, Carolina bays, the roles and effects of fire and agriculture on the landscape, and detailed descriptions of the plant communities throughout the state's major natural regions. This expanded edition catalogs nearly 1,000 species organized by habitat, with descriptions, color photographs, range maps, and comments on pharmacological uses, suitability for garden cultivation, origin of common and scientific names, and conservation status.

Patrick D. McMillian is a botanist and host of the Emmy Award–winning television series Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. He served as director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden for ten years.

Richard D. Porcher Jr. is emeritus professor of biology at the Citadel.

Douglas A. Rayner is emeritus professor of biology at Wofford College.

David B. White is a photographer and lead videographer and editor of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.

"A gorgeous tour de force. This book is filled with great scientific information, presented beautifully and visually. Anyone interested in the natural history of South Carolina and nearby regions should read it, and then keep a copy in their car or backpack."—Alan Weakley, conservationist and author of Flora of the Southeastern United States

"If you would like to have just one wildflower book, A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina should be at the top of your list. Whether you're a professional botanist, a serious amateur botanist, or a nature enthusiast, this book is a must read. The authors' lifelong collective knowledge of plants will lead you to a lifetime of enjoying nature in all its many designs and uses."—Harry E. Shealy Jr., distinguished professor of history emeritus, University of South Carolina Aiken

"The quintessential book about wildflowers, A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina insightfully documents nature's gifts and showcases the pressing need for conservation for the ages."—Angela C. Halfacre, professor emeritus, Furman University

"Through the state's plants, these remarkable botanists open the window to South Carolina's extraordinary natural history in clear, concise language understandable to the typical user, yet technical enough to provide an accurate identification and appreciation of each species covered."—John A. Brubaker, past president, South Carolina Native Plant Society and South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council

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