Winner of Best Books 2006 Book Award for Nature Writing
Bronze Medal, Best Regional Nonfiction—IPPY Awards, Independent Publisher, 2007
“This is a book of beauty and intellect from cover to cover.”—Bob Mercer, Capital Journal, Pierre, S.D.
“A tremendous book for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge about South Dakota flora”—River Life
Dakota Flora “is a gem of literature and camera art that should be in every library, classroom, and maybe even every home.”—Bob Mercer, Aberdeen (S.D.) American News
“If South Dakota had an official honorary title of ‘botanist laureate,’ it would properly belong to David Ode. . . . Ode’s writing is engaging and downright enjoyable. . . . A person cannot read one of these essays without feeling enriched and better informed about South Dakota’s varied environments and the plants that grow in them.”—Gary E. Larson, C. A. Taylor Herbarium, South Dakota State University
“David Ode’s writing is tight, accurate, frequently humorous, and nearly always contains an important historical flavor. As an amateur botanist, I read it from cover to cover and will refer to it frequently.”—Tony Dean, Tony Dean Outdoors
“Tie a ribbon around it and give it to yourself for Christmas.”—Rapid City Journal
Experience the seasons on the prairie as the compass plant plots your path, burdock fastens to your clothing, and Jack-in-the-pulpit lures insects into its waiting trap. In the richly illustrated Dakota Flora, David Ode introduces readers to eighty-two of South Dakota’s wild plants, collecting and updating the essays that he has written for South Dakota Conservation Digest since 1987.
The plants are presented by season, in order of their flowering and fruiting. A color photograph of each plant is paired with history, folklore, and anecdotes. Detailed information is provided about its common and scientific names, taxonomic varieties, habitats, medicinal and other uses, and cultivation, producing a book suitable for casual readers, gardeners, and amateur botanists alike.
“A lyrical presentation of natural history, botany, and other sciences, photographic art and boundless appreciation for Dakota flora.”—Rapid City Journal
“Dakota Flora has excellent photos and fine writing.”—South Dakota Magazine
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