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Wicked Plants

The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

Amy Stewart
Barcode 9781604691276
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Release Date: 21/05/2009

Genre: Home Garden & Pets
Sub-Genre: Language & Reference
Illustrator: Briony Morrow-Cribbs, Jonathon Rosen
Label: Timber Press
Contributors: Briony Morrow-Cribbs (Illustrated by), Jonathon Rosen (Illustrated by)
Language: English
Publisher: Workman Publishing

The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities. Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly.

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.

In Wicked 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.