Beginner Books


Wildflowers of California: A Month-by-Month Guide

by Laird Blackwell

UC Press, 2012 paperback



Plants of Northern California: A Field Guide to Plants West of the Sierra Nevada

by Eva Bagley

Falcon Guides, 2023 Second Edition paperback


California Plants: A Guide to Our Iconic Flora

by Matt Ritter

Pacific Street Publishing, 2018 paperback


Wildflowers of Point Reyes National Seashore

Edited by Kristin Jakob, Eva Buxton and Vernon Smith

CNPS Marin Chapter, 2022 booklet


Laws Pocket Guide Box Set

By John Muir Laws

Heyday Press, 2014


California’s Botanical Landscapes

By Michael G. Barbour, Julie M. Evens, Todd Keeler-Wolf, John O. Sawyer

CNPS 2009



Intermediate Books

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Plants of the San Francisco Bay Region: Mendocino to Monterey

by Linda H. Beidleman and Eugene N. Kozloff

UC Press, 2014 Third Edition paperback


Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification

by Thomas Elpel

HOPS Press, 2013 Sixth edition paperback


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California Natural History Guides

An extensive set of California environmental education books and field guides from UC Press. They cover a wide array of plant communities, plant species, insects, birds and local geography. Packed with photographs and illustrations and compact enough to take on the trail.

Advanced Books


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The new edition of John Thomas Howell’s classic 1949 Marin Flora is co-authored by Wilma Follette, Catherine Best, and Frank Almeda, Senior Curator of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and is a joint project of the Marin Chapter of the CNPS and the California Academy of Sciences.

Download the 2012 Supplement to this Flora

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The Jepson Manual, Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition

Definitive guide to the vascular plants found in California.




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CNPS Online Store Books

The CNPS Online Store offers a large number of books on native plants at all levels.