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Aug 19, 2013 12:06 AM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Pollen collector Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Just wondering... what do you use as a reference to identify them (and other wildflowers)?

Sedum obtusatum (photo taken by valleylynn, in the Cascade Mountain Range, OR)
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Aug 19, 2013 8:58 AM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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I got a wonderful book 'Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest by Mark Turner & Phyllis Gustafson. It's a Timber Press Field Guide. Awesome book that is in color coded sections by bloom color.
You would love it Connie.
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Aug 19, 2013 10:02 AM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Sempervivums Lilies Hybridizer
Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Pollen collector Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Ha! It is sitting right here in front of me. That is kind of why I asked Whistling . I also have "A Field Guide to Pacific States Wildflowers" and one called "Plants of Western Oregon, Washington and British Columbia". That one is more technical with keys to follow. A good reference selection when used together.
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Aug 19, 2013 10:20 AM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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Is this the one Connie? https://www.amazon.com/dp/0881927244/

It looks to be an amazing reference book. I may have to get it.
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Aug 19, 2013 11:09 AM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Sempervivums Lilies Hybridizer
Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Pollen collector Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Yes, that is it. Warning: it is not for the non-technical plant enthusiast. Make sure you read the reviews before deciding to buy. I first learned plant ID using keys (self taught, who knows how often I actually got it right Hilarious! ). I just like having the combination of the two types of references.

The Turner/Gustafson book does a pretty good job for the hobbyist and I like that they have those maps showing where the plants can be found.
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Aug 19, 2013 12:13 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
I just ordered it. I did get to see some of the content on Amazon. Looks like a most interesting book. Thank you Connie for the information. Group hug
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