Isabella's Peppermint Flowers


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Susan Leopold

ISBN-13: 978-0-692-33302-0

Publication Date: 2014
Copyright © Susan Rene Leopold
Specifications: 8.75" × 1.25" (hbk), 36 pp., color illustrations, glossary, epilogue

About the Book

Inspiring children to embrace the study of botany
and to learn about Virginia's ecological diversity.

It’s spring, and Isabella and her sister, Flora, are excited to go flower hunting to look for woodland wildflowers. They have a special patch of “peppermint flowers” they hope to find on their walk.

The sisters discover that their peppermint flowers have another name: Claytonia virginica. Discovering the wildflower’s scientific name teaches the sisters about Virginia’s colonial history, key aspects of botany, and the natural history of spring wildflowers and their role in the ecosystem.

This story is for children and parents alike — for nature has endless hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.

Isabella's Peppermint Flowers was inspired by the idea to share the story of one single wildflower as a spring board to engage young people in wanting to learn more.


A brilliant as well as a delightfully well written book that will surely inspire any child with an inquisitive mind to appreciate the beauty and diversity of plants. Susan has artfully woven history, science, and botany into a tale that captures the rich complexity of plants. Though written for children, adults, too, will find it equally interesting and informative.”

— Rosemary Gladstar
Herbalist and Author


About the Author

Susan Leopold, PhD, is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is currently the Executive Director of United Plant Savers, dedicated to medicinal plant conservation of the United States and Canada. She also serves as a board member of Botanical Dimensions and Center for Sustainable Economy. and is Director for Sacred Seeds Sanctuary Network.

Susan and her three children are proud members of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and live on a farm where they raise goats, peacocks and herbs.

About the Illustrator

Nicky Staunton is a Virginia conservationist and advocate for native plants and the habitats that support them. She was the State President of the Virginia Native Plant Society for three terms. Since retiring she has become a recognized artist, mainly in pen and ink illustrations. Her work has appeared in several books and many Bulletins. She studies dry brush watercolor with Lara Call Gastinger; is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, American Society of Botanical Artists, and Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.

Her botanical taxonomic skills are from studies with Marion Lobstein and were used for the plant inventory of the 500 acre Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge when the land was US Army Harry Diamond Lab.


Proceeds from this book will go to the Foundation of the Flora of Virginia Project to support educational endeavors that inspire children to embrace the study of botany and to learn about Virginia’s ecological diversity! To learn more, please visit