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Native Ferns, Moss & Grasses: From Emerald Carpet to Amber Wave: Serene and Sensuous Plants for the Garden

Native Ferns, Moss & Grasses: From Emerald Carpet to Amber Wave: Serene and Sens
William Cullina
Houghton Mifflin
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cloth, 256 pp., $40.00

Native ferns, mosses, and grasses provide a verdant background for the more colorful flower display of other plants, and yet nature lovers often overlook their importance in the native habitat. Nationally recognized for his knowledge of native flora, William Cullina of the New England Wild Flower Society completes his trilogy on native plants with this comprehensive reference celebrating greenery. The author reviews hardiness, the characteristics of a native plant, the possible effects of global warming, and other challenges to vegetation, and continues with discussions of the three featured plant subjects. In the individual sections on ferns, moss, and grasses, he tells about the typical habitat in which they will grow, their anatomy, propagation, general culture, and related families. A directory of species profiles includes individual photographs, which are helpful for identification. There is a separate section on fern and moss propagation, featuring detailed instructions for the reproduction of individual species. The author's skill in communicating his fund of knowledge in an entertaining literary style makes this excellent reference enjoyable, instructive reading, and a valuable guide to gardening with native plants.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden