Wicked Plants

Wicked Plants

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

Book - 2009/05/21
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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.


Baker & Taylor
Alphabetically arranged entries on dangerous and illegal plants contain traditional botanical illustrations, information on cultivation, and trivia about the damage these species have caused.

Blackwell North Amer
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.


Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2009/05/21
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565126831
1565126831
Branch Call Number: 581.65 STE
Characteristics: xvii, 235, [1] p. : ill. ; 19 cm

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MarieGaffney
Sep 12, 2013

i had checked this book out to get some ideas on how to keep flys and mosquitos out of the house without at the same time poisoning my cats (this is almost impossible!) but was definitely offset by the horror of how easy it would be to poison oneself when attempting natural methods of bug repelling. It would be a good book for one writing on murder mystery as it does cover far more than a couple of plants, even categorizing and separating the illegal from the deadly, etc . . .

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1tarheel
Sep 09, 2013

Curious. Both informative and repetitive. NOT a plant guide.

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ufozoey
Jul 03, 2013

Absolutely wonderful! A fast read and very informative.

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BlueBee1560
Jun 05, 2013

Never knew celery could be bad for your health! This is a good guide to the 'crime makers' of the plant kingdom, well worth the read!

Library_Dragon Mar 26, 2013

A fun and very readable guide to the nastier side of the plant kingdom.

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KarenW
May 22, 2012

Most of the time, we think of plants as being pretty green things that ocassionally flower. This book shares the dark side of these quiet but often deadly organisms that share our planet. And how often they inflict their revenge on the feet that trample them! So don't forget to water your housemates, or they may get back at you in ways you never realized.

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Suamena
Jan 11, 2012

Good as a reference book, but not for general reading.

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Pandaluver97
Sep 11, 2010

it's amazing to learn how many ways you can die from an everyday plant.

quagga Feb 18, 2010

The botanical atrocities described in this entertaining and informative guide include plants that are deadly, intoxicating, illegal, painful, dangerous and destructive. A few are merely offensive; social misfits that stink, slobber or have other disgusting habits. What common garden plants that can kill a person, even in small doses? Do you know which houseplants are deadly to cats? What leaf has fueled a global war? Can you name famous people who have died of botanical poisons? Get your answers in this book.

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Dec 28, 2009

Concise.

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mswendybe
Jun 21, 2013

Menacing botanical illustrations render a ghastly portrait of evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, enlighten, and alarm even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.

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