Allain, Larry, Gonzalez, Jaime, Hannah, Flo, and Solomon, Tom. Coastal Prairie Plant Growers Handbook 2nd ed. Coastal Prairie Partnership, 2010. An online multimedia guide available for purchase at

Allain, Larry. “Ornamental Prairie Perennials: Candidates for the Ornamental Plant Trade.” USGS National Wetlands Research Center, PowerPoint presentation.

Allen, Charles et al. Various books on Louisiana native plants

Darke, Rick and Tallamy, Doug. The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. Portland: Timber Press, 2014.

Fontenot, William R. Native Gardening In The South: A Personal Guide for Understanding, Appreciating, and Using the Indigenous Plants of Dixie. Carencro: A Prairie Basse Publication, 1992. To order, send $30 to: Bill Fontenot, 217 St. Fidelis St., Carencro LA 70520.

Midgley, Jan. All About Louisiana Wildflowers. Fort Wayne: Sweetwater Press, 1999.

Midgley, Jan. Propagating Native Grasses and Wildflowers. 2nd ed. Wilsonville: Self-published, 2008. Note: A new edition is planned for September 2016. For ordering information, contact

Packard, S. and Mutel, C. The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: For Prairies, Savannahs, and Woodlands. Denton: Texas Society for Ecological Restoration, 1997.

Odenwald, Neil and Turner, James. Identification, Selection and Use of Southern Plants for Landscape Design. 3rd ed. Baton Rouge: Claitor’s Publishing Division, 1996.

Rainer, Thomas and West, Claudia. Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes. Portland: Timber Press, Inc., 2015.

Seidenberg, Charlotte. The Wildlife Garden: Planning Backyard Habitats. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995.

Tallamy, Douglas W. Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. Portland: Timber Press, Inc., 2007.

Tallamy, Douglas W. Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard. Portland: Timber Press, Inc., 2020.

Vidrine, Malcolm F. The Cajun Prairie: A Natural History. Eunice: Malcolm F. Vidrine, 2010.

Wasowski, Sally and Wasowski, Andy. Gardening with Native Plants of the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company, 1994.

Wasowski, Sally and Wasowski, Andy. Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.


Bill Fontenot

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Malcolm Vidrine


Cajun Prairie Gardens

Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society

Capital Area Native Plant Society

Coastal Prairie Partnership 

Hilltop Arboretum at LSU

Louisiana Native Plant Society

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