Just published—Prairie Plants of the Arboretum


Prairie Plants of The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, a handbook of Midwestern prairie plant species, including selected horsetails, ferns, rushes, sedges, grasses, shrubs, vines, weeds and wildflowers is now available in the Arboretum Bookstore.

This comprehensive guide illustrates and describes more than 360 native and introduced species that grow and bloom on the Arboretum prairies and also briefly discusses or mentions many additional species, infraspecific taxa and hybrids.

The purpose of this lavishly photographed and illustrated handbook is to increase awareness and respect for remaining small prairie remnants, motivate readers to work for prairie preservation and restoration, and encourage the planting of native species in yards and gardens.

Botanist and taxonomist Theodore S. Cochrane has written the text to engage a variety of readers: younger students learning about plants, amateur botanists and prairie enthusiasts, and college students and professionals who need complete descriptions based on the new Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG) classification system.

Richly illustrated with detailed photographs by Claudia S. Lipke and botanical illustrations and maps by Kandis Elliot, the guide provides a beautiful and informative sample of the flora of the Arboretum and of the southern Wisconsin prairie landscape.

Illustrations include more than 1,150 full-color species photographs, a map of grasslands of the Northern Temperate Zone, a map color-coded to the Arboretum’s plant communities, an illustrated glossary of botanical terms and photographs of the plant communities at the Arboretum.

Theodore S. Cochrane is curator of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Herbarium. His books include Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora, coauthored with Hugh Iltis.

Kandis Elliot and Claudia S. Lipke are senior artists in the Department of Botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Elliot has created thousands of illustrations for scientific articles and texts and has authored and contributed to more than 50 publications.

This is a companion book to Spring Woodland Wildflowers of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, authored by Andrew L. Hipp, also with photos by Lipke and layout and design by Elliot.

Purchase on our Web site.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.