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Books in Bloom

There is no moment or time of year in the Bluegrass State when one of more than 2,000 native wildflowers is not blooming. Although Kentucky has been called the “Land of Cane and Clover,” the Commonwealth is a geographical crossroads of North and South, East and West, and home to more than 3,000 species of diverse flora.

From butterfly-attracting blooms to wild orchids, here are some of the wildflowers that you may see blooming statewide this summer (via Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky by Thomas G. Barnes and S. Wilson Francis):

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Whether you’re interested in learning more about Kentucky’s diverse flora or just want to identify that pretty wildflower that sprang up in your backyard, look no further than the University Press of Kentucky’s selection of natural history books:

 

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