May 21, 2009
May 21, 2009
Alphabetically arranged entries on dangerous and illegal plants contain traditional botanical illustrations, information on cultivation, and trivia about the damage these species have caused.
Humankind has produced some pretty horrifically destructive inventions during its tenure on earth, but the botanical world beats us hands down in terms of variety and nuance of effect. The bestselling author of FLOWER CONFIDENTIAL wittily catalogs the range of mother nature's fatal flora in WICKED PLANTS: The fungus ergot, which produces crazy hallucinations, is believed to have been a player in the Salem witch trials. Eating too much corn produces vampire-like symptoms. Conium maculatum (aka poisoned hemlock) killed Socrates, while Roman emperor Claudius might have died from ingesting deadly mushrooms. And then there's the bizarre case of Abraham Lincoln's mother, who died from drinking milk from cows who had eaten white snakeroot. The stuff of legends, Edgar Allan Poe stories, and real history, this book is sure to be of interest to green thumbs and macabre types alike.
- Online Item #: 11792122
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-1650
- ISBN: 9781565126831
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported