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


Available Here! – Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I love these types of book – lots of random, interesting information and crazy stories to go along with them!  I listened to this on audio – I would really like to own this book at some point as it has illustrations in it!  If listening to this on audio – make sure you’re not super multitasking as you will definitely get lost! Listening on audio was a little tough too when I went to google some of the plants she talked about – it was hard to sound out and spell the plants haha!  She also has another book called The Drunkin’ Botanist and many others that I want to read!

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 this book, Amy 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).

Then, if you get to purchase the book – 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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