Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities Author Amy Stewart
ISBN-10 1565126831
ISBN-13 9781565126831
Year 2009-05-21
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Algonquin Books
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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 Natures most appalling creations Its an A to Z of plants that kill maim intoxicate and otherwise offend Youll 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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