Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States

Linda G. Chafin
Hugh and Carol Nourse, Chief Photographers

A sweeping field guide to the diverse wildflowers of Georgia and ten surrounding states


"In exploring and enjoying Georgia’s amazing diversity of wildflowers and other native flora, a good field guide is invaluable to help identify, understand and learn more about the plants. Now, we have the first guidebook ever devoted exclusively to the state—Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States. . . . The well-organized field guide is written and laid out in a manner that will appeal to professional botanists as well as budding naturalists—and to anyone curious about what they are seeing in Georgia’s woods, fields, wetlands and even along roadsides."
—Charles Seabrook, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States is meant to be just that—a book meant to travel, literally, a field guide hikers in Georgia and nearby states can take along on their explorations, and will let them find pretty quickly what that pretty flower is, off the highway, off the Appalachian trail or deep in a south Georgia bog."
—Lee Shearer, Athens Banner-Herald

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Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States is the first field guide devoted exclusively to Georgia’s wildflowers, while also including a large number of plants found in neighboring states. Organized in a clear and logical way, Linda G. Chafin’s guide is both scientific and accessible to those who aren’t professional botanists. The guide includes nontechnical species descriptions and comparisons with similar plants, information on the habitats and natural communities that support Georgia’s wildflowers, and suggestions for the best places and times to see wildflowers. The guide includes descriptions of the wildflowers found in forests, woodlands, and wetlands, as well as those growing along roadsides that are often dismissed as “weeds” but may first attract the attention of budding naturalists.


  • A large set of 750 thumbnail photographs that allows users to identify plants by flower color
  • Detailed descriptions for 770 of the most common wildflowers found in Georgia and throughout most of the Southeast, as well as additional information for 530 “similar to” species
  • Descriptions of the natural communities in Georgia where wildflowers may easily be seen
  • An alphabetical arrangement by plant family, with each plant family broken down alphabetically by genus and species
  • A guide to the pronunciation of scientific names
  • Lightweight and sturdy enough for the field but inclusive enough for the reference shelf
  • 90% or more of the species in this guide occur in Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina
  • 80% or more of the species in this guide occur in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia
A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book

Published in association with the State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Page count: 488 pp.
860 regular and 828 thumbnail color photos, 10 line drawings, 3 maps
Trim size: 6 x 9

Read more about The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


List price: $32.95

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Linda G. Chafin is Conservation Botanist at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and author of Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia (Georgia) and Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida.
Hugh and Carol Nourse’s photographs and writings about wildflowers have appeared in American Gardener, Backpacker, Nature Photographer, and Wildflower magazines. The Nourses are the authors of Wildflowers of Georgia, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and Favorite Wildflower Walks in Georgia (all Georgia).