Charlie Russell Nature Photography

Recommended Wildflower Books

There is a tremendous amount of great information that you can find when searching the Internet (like this blog!), but I often find myself doing a lot of my research with books. Perhaps I’m old fashioned (or, just old), but I like to start looking for information about where to hike, and what I might find there, with a good book.

Here are some of the books that have served me well. I have used all of these, and highly recommend them.

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Wildflowers in California

Wildflowers of Table Mountain
THE definitive book on the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve
Tahoe's spectacular wildflower trails
Many of my hikes are based on this excellent book
Mount Shasta Wildflowers
Great details on trails, wonderful illustrations
Wildflowers of California Month by Month
Details on when to visit spots all over California
Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties
Very detailed, specific to Nevada and Placer counties


Although this next book isn’t a typical “wildflower guide”, it is one of my favorite books. Bob Gibbons travels all around the world exploring fantastic locations for wildflowers and natural history, and this book gives you a wonderful overview of what you can find throughout the world. Several of the hikes I’ve written about were inspired by this book. I also have accompanied Bob on several tours (Greece, Italy, Estonia) as a part of his Natural History Travel company. Wonderful!


Take a look at my page on equipment I use for some recommendations on the items I use in my hikes and photography.