The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
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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. 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.
Wicked Maybe but Engaging, No
The book is not as good as I hoped it would be. The writing comes off as something like a grocery list. One thing I really don't understand is why the author chose to italicize two or three sentences she had already said earlier, in every chapter. Essentially she quotes herself, repeating word for word something just said. I would guess about 1/20th of the book is repeats. Very dull.
I do come away with a new found respect for plants in the wild (don't touch anything you are not absolutely sure of & God forbid you put any plant part in your mouth). My garden makes me a little nervous now as I'm sitting inside eyeing my Sago Palm with some wariness. It's so beautiful, but....