Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities
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,... show more
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.
Publish date: May 1st 2009
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pages no: 236
Edition language: English
, Natural History
I don't have much to say about this one, other than that it doesn't really work as an audiobook. The physical book is very twee, and might be enjoyable for its illustrations and quaint design: But to listen to, it's pretty tedious. The narrator rattles off scientific names, dimensions, locati...
Really interesting book, full of surprising and sometimes nasty tidbits about plants you might have in your garden.
It's a list with descriptions of poisonous plants around the world with a few stories strawn in for good measure. There are drawings of some of the plants. I had to deduct one star because there are no color photos.
Very informative. I learned quite a bit and new knowledge is always welcome. I would have given four stars but some of the art work seemed detrimental to the overall work.
I found this kind of repetitive and... well, frankly, a little boring. I wanted more stories about real people, on the order of the Lincoln's mom story. There were lots of little informative bits, but not as many anecdotes as I thought I'd be getting. I was also a little skeptical of some of the inf...