A Pocket Guide to
Kansas Red Hills Wildflowers

Publication of this informative and comprehensive booklet has been supported by the Chickadee Checkoff Program, The Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Westar Energy Green Team. It is published by the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center

The authors are Ken Brunson, Phyllis Scherich,
Chris Berens and Carl D. Jarboe.

Ken Brunson is the Red Hills Project Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy in Kansas.
Phyllis Scherich has lived on the Merrill Ranch in the Red Hills for 37 years, is on the Board of the Kansas Native Plant Society, and enjoys identifying wildflowers.
Chris Berens is an ecologist with the Kansas
Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
Carl D. Jarboe works for the Natural Resources
Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician in Medicine Lodge.

The purpose of this pocket guide is to highlight wildflower species found in the Red Hills or predominately in south-central or western portions of Kansas. It is intended to provide Red Hills’ visitors and residents with a small, convenient, and quick reference to the region’s wildflower beauty. Hopefully, one will take away an even greater understanding and appreciation for the natural history, the biological diversity, and the overall beauty of this unique landscape of Kansas.

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Red Hills Wildflowers Pocket Guide

Pick up your copy of
A Pocket Guide to
Kansas Red Hills Wildflowers
or any of our other pocket guides
at the Great Plains Nature Center.

Individual copies may be picked up for free
at our front desk.

Copies can be mailed to you for
$3.00 each, postpaid. 
Make your check out to:
"Friends of the GPNC"
and mail it to:
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Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street N.
Wichita, KS 67220

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Check out the other GPNC Pocket Guides!

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Raptors
is online as the RAPTOR'S ROOST.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Mammals is online at the MAMMAL'S DEN.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Threatened and Endangered Species is available as a pdf download.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes
is online as the SNAKE'S BURROW.

The Pocket Guide to Great Plains Shorebirds is online as the PEEP'S PUDDLE.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Freshwater Mussels is online as the MUSSEL BED.

The Pocket Guide to Great Plains Waterbirds is online as the SHORELINE.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses is online as the MEADOW.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Butterflies is available as a pdf download.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Backyard Birds is available as a pdf download.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Spiders is available as a pdf download.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Stream Fishes is available as a pdf download.

Thanks to Lorrie Beck, Craig Freeman, Bob Gress, and Jim Mason for reviewing the plant descriptions and editing the manuscript. Photographs were generously provided by Phyllis Scherich, Ken Brunson, Chris Berens, Kyle Gerstner, Larry Miller, and Scott Sharp. Jim Mason provided the maps used in the Introduction.
A special thanks to the Kansas Native Plant Society whose efforts encourage awareness and appreciation of the native plants of Kansas. For more information about Kansas wildflowers and wildflower field trips in Kansas, contact the Kansas Native Plant Society at www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org

This GPNC Pocket Guide was made possible with financial support from the following sponsors:

Chickadee Checkoff logo- The Chickadee Checkoff program is a voluntary donation program for nongame projects sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Kansas taxpayers are able to contribute on their individual state income tax form. Donations can also be made by sending a check to Chickadee Checkoff Program, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124. Since 1980, the Chickadee Checkoff program has distributed over $4 million to projects that help endangered species, assist in reintroduction efforts of sensitive species, supports wildlife education projects at schools and nature centers, and supports hundreds of other nongame conservation projects.

Kansas Grazling Lands Coalition logoKansas Grazing Lands Coalition is a not-for-profit that holds educational events, and interacts with organized regional grazing groups such as the Tallgrass Legacy Alliance, Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation, Kansas Graziers Association, and others to support local efforts to solve priority grassland issues. The Coalition helped birth the Kansas Prescribed Fire Council in 2008. The KGLC has a long-term strategy guiding its growth through 2015. Learn more by visiting www.kglc.org

Comanche Prairie Pool logoThe Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation is a privately-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to providing demonstration, education and consultation to regenerate the natural resources, and to promote the economic growth of the rural community in a fourteen county area of south-central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma. The Comanche Pool, in cooperation with many state, federal, and private partners, is assisting private landowners in meeting the economic and land stewardship goals of private landowners as well as conservation goals of the resource agencies and the environmental community. Learn more by visiting http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/pfw/kansas/ks8.htm

Nature Conxervancy logoThe Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Our effective and pragmatic solutions have enabled The Nature Conservancy to protect more than 119 million acres worldwide. In Kansas, the Conservancy has acquired and manages more than 46,000 acres of biologically rich and diverse habitat. In recognition of one of the most important ecosystems in Kansas, the Conservancy began The Red Hills Initiative in 2011. For more information, contact The Nature Conservancy in Kansas at (785)-233-4400, by email at kansas@tnc.org or visit our website at www.nature.org/kansas

- Westar Energy, Inc. is the largest utility in Kansas serving nearly 700,000 customers with about 35,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines. Since 1989, their employees have operated an environmental team. The Green Team members volunteer hours to improve wildlife habitat through wetland creation and restoration and native grass and tree planting. They build bridges and trails and work to protect and reintroduce sensitive plant and animal species. The Green Team can be contacted at 785-575-8125 or at Ben.Postlethwait@Westarenergy.com

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Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
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