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Wicked plants : the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities
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Author Stewart presents an alphabetical compendium of hazardous plants (both native and exotic) that notes their harmfulness, whether it be deadly, illegal, invasive, or intoxicating, while incorporating pop culture, medicine, mythology, history, legalities, and botanical facts. The text is highly intriguing, but a lot of its charm (illustrations and presentation) is lost on the audio version, where the Latin plant names and botanical details often become repetitive. Reader Coleen Marlo is excellent and recites the botanical lingo with ease. Recommended to lovers of fascinating trivia, history, botany, and horticulture. [The Algonquin hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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).<br> <br> 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.<br>
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