The desert is not as barren and colorless as some people might think. We have beautiful and colorful plants and flowers in the Sonoran Desert. If we've had enough rain, the spring wildflower season is spectacular. Use some of these books and field guides to identify the unusual plants and flowers that you'll find around Arizona.
The subtitle of this book is: A Field Guide to the Common Wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert, Including Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe National Monument, Ironwood Forest National Monument, and the Sonoran Portion of Joshua Tree National Park. This guide features 300 of the common plants of the Sonoran Desert, with etailed descriptions, information about bloom season and interesting facts about each plant. 300 color photographs. Paperback, 256 pages.
One of the Pocket Naturalist series, this is a pocket field guide that can be used for both the experienced and the novice. The folding guide highlights up to 150 specimens. Laminated for durability. 12 pages.
The subtitle is: A Children's Field Guide to the State's Most Common Flowers. Suggested for ages 9 -12, paperback, 32 pages. Not so much a field guide as an introduction to desert flowers, with facts and stories.
Describes flowers and plants along various hikes in northern Arizona. Includes maps, directions, and details about trails. Paperback, 250 pages.
Both amateurs and professionals will appreciate hundreds of color photographs and descriptive text identifying Arizona plants, wildflowers, and trees.Paperback, 350 pages.
Identify more than 85 of the most common and showy wildflowers found in the Sonoran Desert. Each species is described in detail and has a full-color photograph in their natural habitat. Wildflowers are organized by color for ease of identification. Paperback, 80 pages.
Field guide to over 100 of the most common flowering desert plants, emphasizing those likely to be found in National Parks. Detailed line drawings for identification. Black and white illustrations. Plants are organized by color of flower blossoms. Paperback, 136 pages.
Subtitle of this book is: A Pocket Manual for Identifying Desert Trees. A lightweight book that helps you identify trees by starting with the leaf description. Paperback, 62 pages.
Cacti are organized by scientific name, and common names are provided. Identification information and short historical information is presented for every cactus. 86 color photographs. Paperback, 96 pages.
This isn't a book, so you can't carry it along with you on your hike. But if you come home with all those beautiful wildflower pictures, and you want to try to identify them, this online field guide will give you lots of details about what you've seen.