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Cape Cod Wildflowers

A Vanishing Heritage

Cape Cod Wildflowers, the only comprehensive, Cape-specific wildflower book, is back in print, with a new preface by the authors. In the little more than a decade since the book’s original publication in 1989, development has increasingly encroached on the rich indigenous flora of the Cape, eliminating purple milkweed and yellow thistle there, and lending this guidebook ever greater relevance and poignancy. Cape Cod Wildflowers features stunning color illustrations of each Cape wildflower, grouped by habitat and complemented by appealing and informative narrative entries. Those who have never experienced the untrammeled Cape Cod lauded by Thoreau and Beston, and those who have witnessed the more recent and rapid degradation of the Cape’s moors, sandplain grasslands, and barrens, will delight in this celebration of Cape Cod wildflowers. The authors address the knowledgeable as well as the novice reader who is always appreciative of, interested in, and willing and able to rise to the defense of native plants. As they wrote in their introduction to the first edition, Cape Cod Wildflowers “is an appreciation, a guide, and a plea for protection.” This book is a must for Cape residents, tourists, naturalists, botanists, and wildflower enthusiasts everywhere.

184 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Earth Sciences: General Earth Sciences

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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition viii A Heritage of Wildflowers x Using This Book xii Attributions xiii Map of Area Covered 1 Woodlands 2 Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower 6 Jack-in-the-pulpit 8 Wintergreen, Checkerberry, or Teaberry 10 Swamp Honeysuckle 12 Pink Lady’s-slipper or Moccasinflower 14 Trout Lily 16 Skunk Cabbage 18 Indian Pipes 20 Columbine 22 Lambkill or Sheep Laurel 24 Ponds and Bogs 26 White Water Lily 30 Rose Pogonia or Snakemouth 32 Redroot 34 Cranberry 36 Sundew 38 Jewelweed or Touch-me-not 40 Meadow Beauty 42 Rose Coreospsis 44 Pickerelweed 46 Cardinal Flower 48 White-fringed Orchid 50 Sandplains: Heath and Pine Barrens 52 Poverty Grass, Beach Heather 56 Bearberry or Hog Cranberry 58 Frostweed 60 Wild Lupine 62 Ladies-tresses 64 Birdfoot Violet 66 Stiff or Frost Aster 68 Prickly Pear Cactus 70 Wild Indigo 72 Yellow Thistle 74 Butterfly-weed 76 Broom Crowberry 78 Blue Curls 80 Sickle-leaved Golden Aster 82 Wood Lily 84 New England Blazing Star 86 Salt Marsh 88 Sea Lavender 92 Turk’s Cap Lily 94 Groundsel Tree or Sea Myrtle 96 Silverweed 98 Saltmarsh Fleabane 100 Cat-tail 102 Seaside Gerardia 104 Rose Mallow 106 Dunes and Beaches 108 Sea Rocket 112 Beach Plum 114 Salt-spray Rose 116 Dusty Miller 118 Beach Pea 120 Seaside Goldenrod 122 Alien Species 124 Yellow Iris 128 Sea Poppy 130 Sheep’s Bit 132 Trumpet Creeper 134 Scotch Broom 136 Lance-leaf Coreopsis 138 Living on the Edge: Rare and Threatened Wildflowers 140 Bushy Rockrose 144 Leafy White Orchid or Bog Candles 146 Swamp Pink or Dragon Mouth 148 Golden Club 150 Fringed Polygala 154 New England Thoroughwort 154 Plymouth Gentian 156 Sandplain Gerardia 158 Tinker’s Weed or Wild Coffee 160 Afterword: A Legacy of Flowers 162 State-listed Rare Flowers of Cape Cod 165 Index 168

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