Wicked Plants

Wicked Plants

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

By Amy Stewart; Briony Morrow-Cribbs (Illustrator); Jonathan Rosen (Illustrator)

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565126831, 235pp.

Publication Date: May 2009

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.

About the Author
AMY STEWART is the award-winning author of six books, including the bestsellers The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own a bookstore called Eureka Books.

Briony Morrow-Cribbs studied studied art at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, and currently lives in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she owns and operates Twin Vixen Press.

Jonathan Rosen is the author of "The Talmud and the Internet" and the novels "Eve's Apple "and "Joy Comes in the Morning". His essays have appeared in "The New York Times" and "The New Yorker". He is the editorial director of "Nextbook".