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Weeds (Golden Guide) Paperback – April 14, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1582381602 ISBN-10: 1582381607 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Golden Guide
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582381607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582381602
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.3 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Golden Guides first appeared in 1949 and quickly established themselves as authorities on subjects from Natural History to Science. Relaunched in 2000, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press feature modern, new covers as part of a multi-year, million-dollar program to revise, update, and expand the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.

Customer Reviews

This book is great reference for the gardener.
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After using this book for a while you may want to graduate to a more detailed, advanced guide using true botanical keys.
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In a very short period of time I was able to identify every plant, flowering and nonflowering.
OAKSHAMAN

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on September 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
I never really appreciated "weeds" before I bought this little book. You see, I didn't really buy it for practical identification purposes. I bought it out of idle curiousity and a need to kill time. This was because I was working a job in an isolated and overgrown industrial park and identifying the plants that were overgrowing the complex seemed to be both distracting and contructive.
In a very short period of time I was able to identify every plant, flowering and nonflowering. The illustrations show the flowers, the leaves, the seeds, and often the form of the entire plant above ground. Plus, the concise text gives pertinent facts about the plants' properties, habits, history, and range. In fact, a small range map of the United States is included for every single species. Since the book contains only about 130 major species (all you will probably ever need) it is fast and easy to flip through for identification. There are two notable omissions in the text however- Kudzu and Cannabis....
One thing that really stuck with me after using this book is how many of our most common plants actually came from abroad- early Indians would have had no idea what they were!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By secondadd on July 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an enjoyable book for kids and adults, with lively commentary and good descriptions of where you're likely to find these plants.
There are several downsides: a) I can't really identify much from this book; I don't find the illustrations helpful. Smartweeds, for example, are not shown with their common purple splotch. "Weeds of the Northeast" is far better for identification, especially when you are dealing with seedlings. b) Some common weeds like garlic mustard and yellow foxtail are not included. Maybe it's time for a revision, since the copyright reads 1987.
Once I ID a weed, though, it's always fun to pull out this book and read what they have to say about it. For this reason - and its reasonable cost - I recommmend it.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Lindner on September 4, 2002
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I purchased this book as a companion to another field guide, Wildflowers. I've never been able to differentiate between weeds and wildflowers, but after perusing both works, I've determined that my yard has far more weeds than wildflowers.
This is a handy reference with good illustrations and text written for the non-botanist to understand.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Weinbeck on July 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a "sweet" book that is ideal for beginners and kids. While the attitude of the author toward weeds is generally annoying (he often suggests herbicides to control plants that I take great pleasure in), the drawings of the plants are excellent (and very appealing), the descriptive text and maps (where it's found in the US) are good, and the choices of plants (131 are included) is quite good. In fact, many of the medicinal herbs that I am studying are included. But, to be honest, what I like best about this book is its size - 4"x6"x1/4". It fits in a back pocket perfectly, something that none of my other herb books can claim!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1998
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If you are interested in weeds, I think you should get this book. It tells you a brief summary about the weeds and it tells you where in the US are the weeds. I gave this book 3 stars because I thought this book would have more about the weeds and could have had more weed species but it is still a good book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Spinner VINE VOICE on June 29, 2007
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Price and size are what makes this guide so great. It provides a good overview of weeds in a very portable format, particularly for my young daughter to put in her pocket before hitting the trail.

The small size, however, means that the illustrations are not as large or detailed as we would prefer. It also limits the amount of specific information that can be included. We recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest and have found region-specific books (particularly from Lone Pine Publishers) to be superb.

I recommend this as a great resource at a very good price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JC Davenport on October 11, 2014
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So this must be every mother plant's nightmare. You grow . . . you bloom . . . you cast your seeds into the wind . . . live to see many children . . . and find out you're in the Weed Book. This little book is a super easy read. I'm not giving details but you can easily read two weeds per one bathroom trip. Many weeds you recognize. You feel bad for them kind of. This weed is far from it's home in South America or Asia . . . and generally considered a pest. Well ok it is a pest. A pest to crops, gardens, sidewalks and vacant factories . . . whose jobs are now in . . . Asia and South America. The whole idea of a weed is odd when you think about it.

Ok back to the book. Like I said it is small and quick and bright . . . the pictures remind me of those pictures from old textbooks, but they work. Is there a weed book with actual photos? Maybe the whole concept of weeds is too political for a more serious book! I don't know what to think anymore . . . . maybe this book is a weed! Maybe I'm a weed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janice on March 4, 2013
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Using this manual to familiarize my kids with the outside. They are also learning more about their environment and making presentations to their 4H club.
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