Nebraska Wildflower Field Guide

About 20 years ago, Jon Farrar, one of Nebraska’s preeminent naturalists and photographers published a fantastic field guide to the wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains.  Unfortunately, the book sold out within a year and a half and has been nearly impossible to find since then.  Finally, after all this time, it has been reprinted, and the new edition is even better than the first.

I was asked to write a review of the new edition for Prairie Fire Newspaper, and was more than happy to oblige (and not just because I got a free signed copy of the book!).  The review was published in the April 2012 issue of Prairie Fire, and you can read it here.

To see more of Prairie Fire Newspaper, please go to their website at  You can also read more about Jon’s book at the University of Iowa Press website.

If you had Farrar's wildflower field guide, you'd know that this is showy milkweed - not common milkweed - because the flowers are more prominent and have longer "hoods". Not only does the book explain what hoods are, it has excellent photos of both species that make the differences very easy to see.

4 thoughts on “Nebraska Wildflower Field Guide

  1. Great review, Chris, thanks for pointing it out. While I don’t have a copy of the original, I do have a copy of Lommason’s Nebraska Wildflowers. From the looks of Jon’s book, I need to get it too!!

  2. Hey Chris

    I have one of the original books, although you couldnt tell it by looking at it! The cover and many other immedate pages are long gone from the many miles I carried and searched through it.

    I was smart enought to get two of them this time. And I am jealous, I want a signed copy too!!!!

    Great review in Prairie Fire.


  3. Nice review, Chris ( I even read the paper copy!). I gave a native prairie plant presentation at Finke Nursery here in Lincoln two weeks ago, in conjunction with celebrated the re-release of Jon’s book. Sure, we need large tracts of prairie, but we also need to create awareness for those tracts by getting suburban gardeners thinking prairie plants.

    • Agreed. Prairie gardens are valuable in many ways. Great for pollinators and native insects that can use them, but also really nice for raising awareness about prairies in general.


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