Wicked Plants: Book summary and reviews of Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Wicked Plants

A Book of Botanical Atrocities

by Amy Stewart

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Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

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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.

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"Deliciously eerie ... Entertaining, informative—and a little unsettling." - Los Angeles Times

"Amy Stewart, who has written engagingly about her first garden, earthworms, and "the good the bad and the beautiful in the business of flowers," has a new book called Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities ... [Stewart is] a smart gardener who is drawn to the plant kingdom's criminal element ... After reading Wicked Plants you'll probably - if briefly - look at every inhabitant of your garden with caution." - Philadelphia Inquirer

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Amy Stewart Author Biography

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Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of seven books, including her acclaimed Miss Kopp series and the bestsellers The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. She and her husband own a bookstore called Eureka Books in Eureka, California. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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