This book explains the easiest way of telling flowers and plants. These ways are based upon the new classification.
This classification is the one presented in the seventh edition of Grays Manual of Botany, published in 1908. It embodies the decisions of the Vienna Congress of 1905. The Congress came to an agreement respecting the botanical names and classifications of American flowers, which we hope will not need to be revised. Some old names, dear to us, have come back. Greater simplicity as well as permanency has been aimed for.
The first way of telling flowers is by color. It is the simplest means of identification, and to this the most space is given.
Secondly, flowers may be identified by their dwelling-places or habitats.
Thirdly, flowers are shown by seasons, the time and order of their blossoms.
This book is a Guide to the flowering plants of the Atlantic seaboard, New England, the Middle States, and, to a limited extent, of the Southern States. It is interesting to note the wide latitudinal range of some plants along the entire Atlantic coast. As the climate grows warmer, plants ascend the mountains, and New England vegetation reappears two thousand feet high in Virginia. Plants which are "local," and but seldom found, the size of this book excludes. Plant immigrants, unless well established, are not enumerated.
Taking New York as the center of a wide circle, any person possessing no knowledge of botany (except such as may be acquired from the "Explanation of Technical Terms") may identify any flower and learn something of its story. There is every reason to believe that there is need of a book complete in its means of identification.