Central Region Seedling ID Guide for Native Prairie Plants

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Publication Date:

January 1, 2008


Prairie, Reference, Regional

This book is a field guide that provides a comprehensive overview of native prairie plants at various stages of growth. The guide is authored by the USDA-NRCS Elsberry Plant Materials Center and the Missouri Department of Conservation and was published in 2007. The guide contains full-color photos of numerous Midwestern prairie seedlings as well descriptions of their characteristics, metrics, annual cycles, and more. It also contains full-color photos of seeds of the same plants. The goal of this guide is to help identify native plants at various stages of growth. Color photos illustrate seed, seedling, juvenile, and flowering stages, in addition to a distinguishing characteristic. Brief text provides additional identification help. The guide is a great resource for those interested in learning more about the native prairie plants of the central region.