Water Wise

Water Wise: Native Plants for Intermountain Landscapes

Wendy Mee
Jared Barnes
Roger Kjelgren
Richard Sutton
Teresa Cerny
Craig Johnson
Copyright Date: 2003
Pages: 260
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    Water Wise
    Book Description:

    Today, native plants and water conservation are subjects of vital interest to cities, offices, homeowners, and agriculture alike, as all are affected by the growing shortage of water in the Intermountain region.

    This comprehensive volume provides specific information about shrubs, trees, grasses, forbs, and cacti that are native to most states in the Intermountain West, and that can be used in landscaping to conserve water, reflect and preserve the region's landscape character, and help protect its ecological integrity. The book is an invaluable guide for the professional landscaper, horticulturist, and others in the Intermountain nursery industry, as well as for the student, general reader, gardener, and homeowner.

    Water Wiseis both convenient and comprehensive. The heart of the book presents hundreds of species, devoting a full page to each, with a description of appearance, habitat, landscape use, and other comments. Color photographs illustrate each plant described. A reader-friendly introduction provides important background on the ecology of the Intermountain West, along with full descriptions of native plant habitats and associations.

    An accessible resource of accurate native plant information for all readers,Water Wisewill be indispensable to professional landscapers and amateurs alike.

    eISBN: 978-0-87421-479-6
    Subjects: Botany & Plant Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-ix)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. x-xi)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xii-xxxii)

    The Intermountain West (IM West) is a high, semi-arid, and edgy region of rock bordered to the north and east by several spurs of the Rockies, and to the south by the Sonoran, Mojave, and Chihuahuan Deserts. To the west, the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range block Pacific moisture, casting a vast rain shadow that creates high, cold, desert valleys. Numerous mountain ranges corrugate the IM West north to south, creating three distinct regions. The Snake River Plain and Columbia Basin occupy the land east of the Cascade Range and are drained by their eponymous rivers to the Pacific....

  6. Woody Plants
    (pp. 3-70)
  7. Forbs
    (pp. 71-176)
  8. Grasses
    (pp. 177-200)
  9. Cacti
    (pp. 201-210)
  10. Appendix: Table of Species and Communities
    (pp. 211-215)
  11. Index
    (pp. 216-220)