H.D. Harrington

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There is no easy way to identify grasses. And no one understands this better than H.D. Harrington, who observed thousands of students struggle and learn. His clear, concise, and well-organized guide will continue to be a basic and essential text for use in the classroom or in the field. The book contains over 500 drawings and an illustrated glossary.

“These two books [How to Identify Plants and How to Identify Grasses & Grasslike Plants] will make it easier to identify plants and grasses.… After reading these, you will be much more knowledgeable about plants and how they’re put together.”

Paul Berg, Small Farm Today




First issued in 1957 by Swallow Press, this classic guide to the art of plant identification is now familiar to an entire generation of students. Harrington who was Professor of Botany and Curator of the Herbarium at Colorado State University, gives step-by-step instructions and definitions to help readers recognize and classify plants. The new printing has been reset and reformatted, and L.W. Durrell's drawings and glossary—more than 500 images—have been digitally enhanced for clarity.

“These two books [How to Identify Plants and How to Identify Grasses & Grasslike Plants] will make it easier to identify plants and grasses… After reading these, you will be much more knowledgeable about plants and how they’re put together.”

Paul Berg, Small Farm Today