A Pocket Guide to
Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers & Grasses

The information within the
The Meadow is also found in the

"Pocket Guide to
Kansas Flint Hills
Wildflowers and Grasses"

This informative and comprehensive booklet was published by the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center.  It was underwritten by the Chickadee Checkoff Program, the Tallgrass Legacy Alliance, the Kansas Native Plant Society and the Westar Energy Green Team.

The author was Iralee Barnard, a seasonal botanist at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

The purpose of the Pocket Guide is to help you identify and gain an appreciation for the diversity and beauty of the native prairie plants of the Flint Hills of Kansas, the largest remaining landscape-level tallgrass prairie in the world.

Click here to download a pdf version!  Click the icon to download a pdf copy.

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 Common Kansas Butterflies
is available as a pdf download.

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

A Pocket Guide to Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses

Pick up your copy of
A Pocket Guide to
Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers & Grasses
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:
Owl's Nest Gift Shop
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street N.
Wichita, KS 67220

Be sure to specify which guide(s) you are ordering and include your full mailing address!

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

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Red Hills Wildflowers
is available as a pdf download.

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


This pocket guide was made possible by encouragement of Edwin Miller, the members of Tallgrass Legacy Alliance and the Kansas Native Plant Society. Thanks to Lorrie Beck, Craig Freeman, Bob Gress, Kelly Kindscher, Jim Mason, Edwin Miller, Jim Minnerath, Marc Murrell and Nathan Ofsthun for reviewing the plant descriptions and editing the manuscript. Photographs were generously provided by Iralee Barnard, Ken Barnard, Nancy Goulden, Bob Gress, Mike Haddock, Jeff Hansen, Chris Hase, Kristen Hase, Eileen Horn, James Leiker, Jim Mason, Dwight Platt, Barry Raugust, Phyllis Scherich, David Welfelt and Doug Wirtz.

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

Chickadee Checkoff logo- The Chickadee Checkoff is a voluntary donation program for nongame projects in Kansas. Taxpayers are able to contribute by assigning any amount they wish on the appropriate line on their individual income tax form. Since 1980, the Chickadee Checkoff has distributed over four million dollars to projects that help endangered species, assist in reintroduction efforts of sensitive species, support the popular Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites program at schools, and hundreds of other nongame conservation projects.

Tallgrass Legacy Alliance logo Tallgrass Legacy Alliance - The Tallgrass Legacy Alliance (TLA) is a producer-driven, landscape-level initiative, designed for private landowners, with agency assistance, to manage the remaining Kansas tallgrass prairie in a manner that fiscally supports the ranching culture in an ecologically sound manner. The TLA’s mission is to conserve and enhance the biological, economic and cultural well-being of the tallgrass prairie through a coalition of ranchers, agricultural and environmental organizations and public agencies.
Visit the TLA website to learn more about this organization:

Kansas Native Plant Society logo Kansas Native Plant Society -  The Kansas Native Plant Society (KNPS) was organized in 1978 with the mission to encourage awareness and appreciation of the native plants of Kansas. KNPS promotes many events and educational programs across the state.
To find out more about KNPS field trips, quarterly newsletters and special programs, visit their website at www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org or write R.L. McGregor Herbarium, University of Kansas, 2045 Constant Ave, Lawrence, KS 66047-3729.

Westar logo- 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


Questions or comments?  Send Email to Jim Mason Spidey
Or write us at: 
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200             Call:  316-683-5499            Fax:  316-688-9555