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Common Weeds of the United States Paperback – June 1, 1971
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Sometimes, the color photos in "Weeds of the Northeast" show me exactly what I have. With other invaders, I have found the answer in "Comon Weeds". The black and white drawings sometimes capture what a human observes better than a photo.
Plants are as different as people, and somtimes a human (not a camera) deciding what makes this plant itself is better captured in pen and ink and mind.
And, perhaps, most important -- what a treasure of a book to just browse!
While this book is old and may not be helpful to a commercial farmer who wants to just "kill 'em". It is a wonderful source for a non-biologist who wants to understand "Who grows here -- and why".
I think, because of this book, I have become a fan of weeds! I still pull them and put their bodies in the compost pile, but now I name them and -- in part -- understand them.
A great book -- imagine this -- human knows the weed, captures what her mind knows of the weed in pen on white paper -- no single specimen may have ever looked like this -- and you look at the pen drawing and say "Yes!" this is it!
The drawings are detailed, yes, and there is one for almost every plant. Very nice. There is no listing at all for Heracleum / Giant Hogweed, which has become a health hazard in some areas. Poison ivy and poison oak are listed as completely separate species with no indication of the range of appearance -- and no mention of the "Toxicodendron" taxonomy now preferred. (Regarding poison ivy, I very much like this book: The Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Book: A Short Natural History and Cautionary Account.) The lack of attention to detail in getting the names right is appalling. I must admit that the listing for "hemp" (Cannabis sativa) is pretty cute. I would like to be able to field ID hemp dogbane, which we do have in my area, but I can't yet, and the entry in this book isn't any help either. I suspect that for some plants nothing replaces a living person pointing out that first example.
The book has a copyright date of 1970 but really feels more like a relic of the 1950s. I am writing this in 2010.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The education that I needed to clear out the run off pond. I was really surprised to find out how many weeds I was handling, were toxic.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A really excellent, well-illustrated guide for the plants you're actually likely to find when you walk outside. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Matthew Kamm
Very nice book for reference. Helps a lot for identification of plantsPublished 18 months ago by H. E. Noble
I bought this book. I work at restoring remnant prairies in the Midwest. This book, along with others are used on a daily basis. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary Anne Enriquez
Very good. I wanted a book to identify weeds I wanted to grow in a flower garden where I dug up native plants, instead of buying plants. Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Gale Miller
Very extensive with surprisingly useful pen & ink drawing, map of ranges and lots of info. Price was right as well. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Marv Thomasson