Wicked Plants: The A-Z of Plants That Kill, Maim, Intoxicate and Otherwise Offend

Author(s): Amy Stewart

Writing & History | Poisonous Plants

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.


Product Information

Amy Stewart tends a poison garden of her own in northern California. She is the award-winning author of four books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world.

General Fields

  • : 9781565126831
  • : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • : April 2009
  • : 178mm X 147mm X 20mm
  • : United States
  • : August 2008
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : black & white illustrations
  • : Amy Stewart
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : Briony Morrow-Cribbs
  • : English
  • : 581.65
  • : 2009006192
  • : 236