Wasatch Wildflowers, a field guide
Russell Y. Anderson
Cedar Fort, 2010
Reviewed by Russell Y. Anderson for the Association for Mormon Letters
Wasatch Wildflowers is simply a delightful book. The photography is
wonderful and will give anyone a thrill as they become acquainted with
the wildflowers located along the Wasatch front. Every effort has been
made to make this a very useful and enjoyable book. The printing is on
thick paper with heavy cover pages that will make this a useful book to
bring along on a hike and it seems to be rugged enough to last.
The flowers' pictures are organized by color with color tabs on the
pages to make it easy to locate the right section. Many of the pictures
include both a close up of the flower as well as inset pictures of the
plant or leaves. The focus is on wonderful half-page pictures that will
help anyone identify the flowers that they might find. There is
information included with most flowers describing the flower, fruit,
leaves, habitat, range where the flower can be located and additional
information such as edibility, meaning of Latin or Greek names, other
The book has a 33 page index that includes both the various common
names, but also the scientific names for each flower. Although the
flowers are organized according to color, they are also grouped in each
color according to the family classification, so you can find additional
flowers of the same family next to each other. However, that does lead
to flowers of the same family being in multiple sections of the book.
For example the Snapdragon family has flowers in four sections (red,
yellow, blue, & violet). Reference books and web pages are also provided
for additional information.
I believe that anyone trying to get acquainted with the flowers in
northern Utah will find this book very useful. It supplies very complete
and useful information in a handy and visually stunning format.