Tomato and basil plants (Photo by Tim Patterson)

If you’ve ever seen a rainforest in person, you were probably amazed at how beautiful it was because of the vegetation and plant life contained within it. Plants are fascinating organisms, and they are found in millions of varieties throughout the world. Most people have the ability to plant a garden no matter what kind of climate they live in.

Botany, also known as plant science or plant biology, is the study of plant life. Botany is a wide-ranging subject that is classified under the realm of biology. So if you’re a biology major in college, you’ll likely be taking a course that specifically or partially deals with botany. It involves subtopics that include the structure, growth, development, reproduction, and diseases of plants.

According to, the following 10 botany textbooks are the best books on this topic that are currently on the market and in use by professors and students:

1. Living with Plants: A Guide to Practical Botany by Donna N. Schumann, Elwood B Ehrle, Richard W Pippen, and Kathryn Simpson (1992 – Mad River Printing, Inc.)

2. Economic Botany: Plants in Our World by Beryl Simpson and Molly Ogorvaly (2000 – McGraw-Hill)

3. Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology by James D. Mauseth (2008 – Jones & Bartlett Publishers)

4. Planetary Influences upon Plants: Cosmological Botany by Ernst M. Kranich (1986 – Biodynamic Literature)

5. Essential Atlas of Botany by Parramon Studios (2003 – Barron’s Educational Series)

6. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan (2002 – Random House Trade Paperbacks)

7. Botany Illustrated: Introduction to Plants, Major Groups, Flowering Plant Families by Janice Glim-Lacy and Peter B. Kaufman (2006 – Springer Publishing)

8. Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas J. Elpel (2004 – HOPS Press)

9. Botany (Waldorf Education Resources) by Charles Kovacs (2006 – Floris Books)

10. The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf (2009 – Knopf Publishing)

If you need any of these botany textbooks for your biology classes or any other textbooks for your other college classes, make sure you utilize There are tons of websites out there that sell and rent textbooks, but in order to get the best prices, you have to shop around. will allow you to do this by simply typing in the title or ISBN of the book you need. You’ll get a complete list of all your options on where to get the books on your shopping list.