The Plant, volume 1

A Guide to Understanding Its Nature

$12.75 ISBN 978-0-938250-23-4 Paperback 208 pages Published:  December 1989

  • “Grohmann wanted to do more than just teach botany. He found a new way of looking at plants, a way which leads to a living comprehension of their varied and ever changing forms and to an understanding of the laws which shape them. This book is an important contribution to the more living exploration of nature now possible on the basis of Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy.” —Dr. F. A. Kipp (foreword to the 1959 German edition)

This classic work lovingly studies the plant world. It is the fruit of a lifetime of patient and detailed observation of nature. Volume One begins with the flowering plant, and then turns to the living face of Earth.
Grohmann goes on to consider the threefold nature of the plant and the nature of the human being. Finally, he describes of the "ladder of the plant kingdom."

Volume two adds further plant descriptions and extends the cosmological viewpoint begun in the first volume.


Section I. Looking at the Flowering Plant
  1. Leaf, Root, and Flower
  2. Germination and Propagation
  3. Leaf Metamorphosis
  4. The Prototype of the Flower
  5. Flowers and Insects
  6. Leaf and Stem Tendencies as Seen in the Flower
  7. Fruits
  8. Trees
  9. Goethe’s Archetypal Plant
Section II. The Living Face of the Earth
  1. From Pole to Equator
  2. From the Lowlands to the Eternal Snows
  3. Deserts and Steppes
  4. The Maquis Landscape
Section III. The Threefoldness of the Plant and the Image of Man
Section IV. The Ladder of the Plant Kingdom
  1. The Ladder of the Plant Kingdom
  2. Conifers
  3. Ferns, Equisetaceae, and Clubmosses (Pteridophytes)
  4. Ferns
  5. Horsetails (Equisetaceae)
  6. Algae
  7. Fungi
  8. Parasitic Fungi
  9. Bacteria
  10. Mosses and Liverworts
  11. Lichens
Section V. Evolutionary Considerations