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Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities

Articles: Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities

Azaleas and rhododendrons, hydrangeas and alstroemeria, daphne and even my favorite Robinia...all grow vibrantly in my garden adding beauty and delight, without the slightest hint of their darker side—an ability to inflict pain, sickness, and even death.  Who would have thought?

Leave it to Amy Stewart and her bestselling horticultural quasi-thriller, Wicked Plants, to introduce us to some of the plant world's nefarious inhabitants. With her signature style of wry humor and botanical knowledge, she has created an immensely readable reference book on fearsome flora—the potentially dangerous world of plants, be they ornamental, edible, land-based, or aquatic. She combines horticultural facts with bits of history, drama, intrigue, and humor, readily communicating the gruesome attributes of a wide range of plants, from well-known house and garden plants to more rare tropical jewels.

The book is arranged alphabetically by common plant name, interspersed with discussions of groups of plants in chapters with diabolical titles like The Devil's Bartender, Weeds of Mass Destruction, Deadly Dinner, and More Than One Way to Skin a Cat. Plants are categorized by the type of wickedness pos...

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