Stephen A. Harris has been Druce Curator of Oxford University Herbaria since 1995 and a University Research Lecturer since 2002. His books include The Magnificent Flora Graeca (2007), Grasses (Reaktion, 2014) and What Have Plants Ever Done for Us? (2015).
"Asteraceae encompasses marigolds, chrysanthemums, daisies,
lettuce, thistles, and dozens of other familiar plants. The book is
a fascinating exploration of the family's biology, ecology, and
cultural significance. . . . Open the book at any page and you will
discover something new, and often surprising, about the sunflower
"With approximately 32,000 species it's one of the biggest assemblages of flowering plants on the planet, and is therefore a family worthy of celebration. And celebrate that amazing family is what Harris does in this remarkable book. . . . A fine read, and an enjoyable one. . . . Sunflowers is certainly informative and educational."--Botany One