Meet the Natives

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

High Altitude Homestead is in no way affiliated with the book, author, or publishers. Rather I aim to inform the public on books that contain highly important information and are therefore unbiased recommendations.

The full title of this book is Meet the Natives - A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Trees, and Shrubs. This is an important encyclopedia for anyone that lives in a Rocky Mountain region.

The book begins by explaining the different growing regions of the Rocky Mountains (Plains, High Desert, foothills, Montane, Subalpine, Alpine). All terms you may have heard before but knowing the differences between them all is key.

Next it breaks down the different Plant Families found in the region. Within no time you will have immediate grasp on what wild plant is growing before you. Say you stumble on what looks to you like a daisy, it is light purple in color. So you flip open the book to the red/violet section, easily coded on the side of the page. You know this to be in the sunflower family, which you have learned to be near the end of each section. BAM! It is a Tansy Aster, says it reseeds easily in the fall. Well then! That was helpful!

All plants have their purpose, in fact there really is no such thing as a weed. As Sepp Holzer's permaculture method proves, it is actually better to allow these unwanted plants as ground cover. If you are like me, you may have noticed on your mountain property that naturally there is but little vegetation or flowers. The ones that are there may be sickly, sparse, weak, or in some cases taking over. This book is highly informational when it comes to identifying what plants you do stumble across.

Of course no book with this many species could be very detailed without being a thousand page textbook. So expect a small picture and brief description of each plant in the region. This alone is very important when you are out in the field with no cell service.

I will again and again refer back to this book as I get my homestead established, as there are already some happy plants, for which I had nothing to do with, growing right now. It only makes sense to help and further cultivate these wild plants to my own benefit as well as the plants, people, and animals around me.

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