The state Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) website recently opened the NPSOT book store in alliance with Amazon,com, so that any items purchased by clicking through the book store will result in a commission paid to NPSOT by Amazon.  We also urge you to sign up for a account designating NPSOT as the charity to which you would like a small percentage of each sale on Amazon  donated to NPSOT.

This page (Williamson County Books includes references to materials related to native plants of interest to Williamson County in particular, and Central Texas in general. For other books on Texas plants, please visit the NPSOT Web store. The banner above shows a wider range of topics and authors. The coil bound book on the right side of the shelf is a second copy of one of the Central Texas books that has had its spine removed and been coil bound so it easier to use in the field. You can sometimes find used books at half price or less, and the cost of binding at an office supply store is less than ten dollars.


Gardening and Landscapes

Wasowski & WasowskiNative Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region, Second Edition,  by Sally and Andy Wasowski, Gulf Publishing Co., 1997

Not just for Williamson County, this is one of the first gardening and landscaping guides to feature native plants. One of the first books to get after moving to Texas, for those of us who were part of the problem on arrival, and seek instead to be part of the solution.







BenderTexas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife,  by Kelly Conrad Bender,  Texas A&M Nature Guide series. Texas A&M Press, 2009.

This edition features an interactive DVD which can be used to identify native plants specific to your location, sun, water, and soil conditions. In addition, it focuses on planting to encourage habitats for native wildlife.






MillerLandscaping with Native Plants of Texas,  by George Oxford Miller, MBI Publishing Co., 2006.

In addition to adding his own point of view to the landscaping with natives approach pioneered by the Andy and Sally Wasowski, Mr. Miller has written several smartphone apps which can be used in the field to identify plants native to Texas, by region.



Field Guides


Wildflowers of Texas, Revised Ed., by Geyata Ajilvsgi, Shearer Publishing Co., 2003.

Included here as a guide for the novice, organized by flower colors. The revised edition includes a larger number of species than the original edition. Ms Ajilvsgi writes in a non-technical style which provides the same information as a more academic book might.






Enquist Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country, by Marshall Enquist, One Star Botanical, Austin, 1987.

An essential reference and field guide for anyone living in Central Texas. Marshall Enquist’s book is a must-have for this region.





Loflin & Loflin

Grasses of the Texas Hill Country,  by Brian & Shirley Loflin, Texas A&M Univ. Press, 2006.

A fairly recent addition to the literature, this book features full page photographs of each species listed, and includes invasives as well as natives. Excellent for use in the field, you’ll soon find it has grass infloresences picked up in the field being used as bookmarks.




Vines Trees of Central Texas, Robert L. Vines

An excellent reference. Can also be used in the field to identify trees. Vines has written several books on the trees of various regions of Texas.






Wrede Trees, Shrubs and Vines of the Texas Hill Country, Jan Wrede

Not as comprehensive regarding trees, but an excellent field guide. Pays special attention to those trees, shrubs, and vines which may be in need of conservation and preservation efforts. Covers invasive exotic species in need of elimination and containment when they escape cultivation.


Williamson County Bookshelf — 2 Comments

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  2. very informative and interesting.
    A couple of years ago while visiting a piece of land I co-own in Jefferson Co. I took a picture and video of the Neches Mallow–before it was classified as endangered–the rice farmers there use Neches water for rice irrigation. There were many specimens in the area at that time. The next week there was a front page picture in the Houston Chronicle. I notified the government but got no response. Since then the phone I was using has been destroy in an accidental fire.

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