Features 544 photos as well as dot maps for each of the 150 treated species. The maps cover six states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin). The species are arranged by flower color and floret type, and then alphabetically within each of the four groups. Many of the habit shots are full-page, providing the user with a suite of associated plant species and a feel for where to find the species. An attractive book suitable for display or the reference library.
Thomas Antonio formerly worked for the Chicago Botanic Garden and was curator of collections for Garfield Park and Lincoln Park Conservatories (Chicago Park District). He now works and lives in New Mexico.
Susanne Masi, a native Chicagoan, was a research botanist at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Her field work focused on regional native flora, endangered and threatened species, floristic surveys, and natural area vegetation.