“Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses, Gardening With California Monocots” has been around for a few years. If you haven’t picked it up at the book table, I recommend you take a minute to look it over. This is a book that offers so much information in a very readable format. Almost every page has excellent pictures and truly lovely pen and ink drawings throughout the book.
A monocot is generally defined as petals, stamens and other flower parts by three. Leaf veins run parallel to the length of the leaf. Most monocots grow from bulbs, corms, or rhizomes. This book covers such diverse natives as lilies, erythroniums, fritillaries, calochortus, trilliums, alliums, irises, orchids, grasses, sedges, rushes, agaves, yuccas, nolinas, and palms. I get a kick out of growing some of the plants covered in the book and have learned how to succeed with some of these monocots because of this book.