paper, 521 pp., $26.00
Spira has written a guidebook that is easy to use for identification and as a reference to the plants of the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. He distinguishes the Piedmont area especially, the land below and between the Appalachians and the coastal plain, an area most like the Midwest savannas, but with gentler temperatures and familiar plants.
The book is color-coded, which helps in using this work as a identification guide. Orange-bordered pages indicate the location of color photographs for a variety of plants. Blue borders describe plant community profiles, vegetation, trees, and plant lists. Green borders feature a picture of each plant. In reading through the sections of this work, it seems that the wildflowers of the Piedmont are not too different than those in my garden. At last, I now know their correct names. This is a valuable book to use, in which every flower is easy to find. It is also not too heavy to carry on a hike.
— Adele Kleine, Library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden