WILDFLOWER FOLKLORE by Laura C. Martin (East Woods: $16.95; 256 pp.).
MARJORIE BLAMEY'S PORTRAITS OF WILD FLOWERS by Philip and Marjorie Blamey (Salem House: $11.95; 80 pp.) GROWING AND PROPAGATING WILD FLOWERS by Harry R. Phillips (University of North Carolina: $24.95; 331 pp.).
The lure of wildflowers permeates Laura C. Martin's investigation of the legends surrounding such diverse flora as the dandelion and the violet. Flower "biographies" are arranged by color, beginning with blue and violet blossoms; followed by brown and green; white; yellow; pink; orange, and red. Descriptions are easy to follow, with habitat and time of bloom clearly delineated. While the lore surrounding each flower may captivate, however, the individual black-and-white line drawings do not.
More vivid illustrations, if not word portrayals, can be found in Marjorie and Philip Blamey's slim effort, where plants are grouped by family with the focus on alpine and field flowers of Britain and Europe. Unfortunately, the intriguing details found in "Wildflower Folklore" are not so easily come by here.