Granny's Country Store > Wildflowers & Edibles > Weeds of the West | Search | View Cart

Weeds of the West
Featuring more than 900 color photographs!
From the Western Society of Weed Science
9th Edition. Revised 2004.
Reviewed by Thomas J. Elpel

      You might not think about it when you are shopping for a book on wildflower identification, but there is a natural tendency for authors and publishers to focus on the most strikingly beautiful wildflowers, since that makes the most picturesque, most sellable book. As a result, many of the most common "weedy" plants are left out of the popular books, which doesn't help much when you are trying to identify one of them.

      With more than 900 color photos, Weeds of the West is far and away the most comprehensive picture guide ever compiled on western weeds. The book covers non-native species that have become naturalized or invasive in western North America, including some grasses, as well as many native species that may be poisonous or have weedy tendencies.

See also
Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification
      A "weed," for the purposes of this book, would be pretty much anything that might grow where isn't wanted, which is a highly subjective and antiquated way of looking at nature. True, there are legitimate concerns about invasive species corrupting native ecosystems, but this book retains the flavor as if it were originally written for land managers who wanted only the best forage plants possible and considered all other plants to be a nuisance. And yet, while the text briefly describes the undesirable traits of virtually every plant in the book, the quality of the pictures and layout suggests that writing the book wasn't a mere criminal line-up, but probably a labor of love for the weed scientists that wrote it.

      Personally, I consider it one of the "must have" picture books for wildflower identification. Thankfully, it is organized by families, which makes it an ideal companion for working with my book, Botany in A Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification. Originally published in 1991, the Revised 9th Edition (2004) of Weeds of the West is a very worthwhile 640 pages long. ISBN: 0-941570-13-4. List Price: $45.00. Our Price $40.00.

Weeds of the West (Save $5)     $40.00     Quantity:



PO Box 684
Silver Star, MT 59751

How to Place Retail Orders

      Order On-Line: Order on-line with your Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express. Simply click on the links to learn more about each product and enter the quantity you want in the little white boxes, then click the "Add to Order" button. You will be transferred to our secure payment service for the final check-out. We also accept PayPal payments. Please Click Here for PayPal instructions.

      Order by mail or telephone: We accept checks and money orders payable in US dollars. Please use the on-line shopping basket to tally your order. Click the "Pay for Order On-line" button to calculate the postage, then print or copy the information and call or send it to us at the address above.

Shipping Options
USA Customers
We ship all USA orders via USPS Priority Mail, except as otherwise noted on the website. Express Mail shipping is available by special request.

Customers outside the USA
please click here for additional
shipping information.

Granny's Country Store
Home-Building Resources | Holistic/Sustainable Living
Wilderness Survival | Resources for Educators
Native Skills & Culture | Nature, Wildlife, Tracking
Wildflowers and Edibles