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Wicked Plants : The Weed That Killed Abraham Lincoln's Mother & other Botanical Atrocities (Hardcover)
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A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. InWicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother).Menacing botanical illustrations and splendidly ghastly drawings create a fascinating portrait of the evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.
Alphabetically arranged entries on dangerous and illegal plants contain traditional botanical illustrations, information on cultivation, and trivia about the damage these species have caused.
Number of Pages: 2351
Sub-Genre: Plants, General, Toxicology
Publisher: Workman Pub Co
Author: Amy Stewart
Street Date: May 21, 2009
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-1650
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A WITTY, ENLIGHTENING "MUST-HAVE" BOOK!!
5 out of 5 stars
Minnesota Reader — 8 years ago
Wicked Plants introduces an utterly fascinating collection of deadly, intoxicating, dangerous, painful, destructive, plants. Arranged in alphabetical order, each plant listing is accompanied by interesting quotable facts and engaging anecdotes. What an eye opener! I was surprised that many ordinary ...see moreof the reviewer's review