Wicked Plants

The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

Wicked Plants

By:  Morrow-Cribbs, Briony
Stewart, Amy
Rosen, Jonathon

$28.95 Hardback
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Algonquin Books

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5.7 X 7.3 in
256 pg

NATURE / Plants / General
GARDENING / Reference
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.
Briony Morrow-Cribbs completed her MFA at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she also taught etching. She has shown both nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions in the Davidson Gallery in Seattle; the Artisan Gallery in Paoli, Wisconsin; and the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee. Morrow-Cribbs illustrated two New York Times bestsellers--Wicked Plants and Wicked Bugs--both written by Amy Stewart, and a book of short stories titled Unnatural Creatures, edited by Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headley.

Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. She is the cofounder of the popular blog Garden Rant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books.