Wildflowers of the Mountain West
Anderson, Gunnell, and Goodspeed
5.5 x 8.5, 328 pages

Published: 2012

ISBN 978-0-87421-895-4
spiral bound $26.95

ISBN 978-0-87421-896-1
e-book $20.95

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Richard M. Anderson is the Utah State University Botanical Center's nursery and greenhouse manager and oversees the plant introduction program. He resides in Malad, Idaho with his wife and three children. He is a history lover and thoroughly enjoys spending time scouring the mountain terrain in search of the next botanical beauty.


JayDee Gunnell is a Horticulture Associate Professor for Utah State University Extension in Salt Lake County, Utah. He also oversees the arboretum development at the Utah State University Botanical Center. He resides in Layton, Utah with his wife and four children. He enjoys any activity that finds him out of doors.


Jerry L. Goodspeed is a Horticulture Associate Professor for Utah State University Extension in Weber County, Utah, and co-directs two university-funded botanical gardens. He and his wife reside in Kaysville and are the proud parents of 6 children and 2 grandchildren. He is also known for his dry wit and humor that he finds in just about any situation.

Wildflowers of the
Mountain West

Richard M. Anderson, JayDee Gunnell, and Jerry L. Goodspeed

Many recreational hikers have stopped along the trail to admire a wildflower only to wonder what, exactly, they are seeing. Wildflowers of the Mountain West is a useful field guide that makes flower identification easy for the general outdoor enthusiast.

Covering New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Oregon, this book is perfect for the enthusiasts who has little botanical knowledge but would like to know more about the wildflowers they are seeing. Organized by flower color for easy reference, plant records include the common and scientific names, a description of typical characteristics, habitat information and distribution maps, look-alike species, color photographs, and informative commentary.

In addition, the book provides a useful introduction to the Mountain West region, along with line drawings to illustrate basic flower parts, shapes, and arrangements; a glossary of common botanical terms; a quick search key; and an index.

An ideal companion for hiking, backpacking, or biking, it includes stunning full color photographs that help make visual confirmation of flower type simple and straightforward.

Newspaper article in The Herald Journal November 9, 2012 / By Lance Frazier