Wicked Plants

Wicked Plants

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

If you are not yet botanically inclined, this book is the place to start. Plants to the untrained eye may seem like only green and brown background scenery that fills your average day. My friend, I have news for you. Plants are so much more than background scenery. We often underestimate the inherent connection between ourselves and the plants around us. This book breaks that barrier with fun, candor, and delightful storytelling.

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About the Book

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.

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About the Author
Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including the new Kopp Sisters series, which began with Girl Waits With Gun. The series is based on the true story of three remarkable sisters who lived in New Jersey a hundred years ago and is under development with Amazon Studios for an hourlong drama series.

She loves to chat with book clubs on Skype, so if your club is reading one of the Kopp Sisters novels, please visit her website to find out how to get in touch!

Amy has also written six nonfiction books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including the New York Times bestsellers The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential.

She lives in Portland with her husband Scott Brown, a rare book dealer. They own an independent bookstore called Eureka Books, which is so independent that it lives in California while they live in Oregon.

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