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

Winner of the 2010 American Horticultural Society Book Award, and a New York Times Bestseller!

Marlo has a wonderful rich voice, plenty of energy, and an occasional appropriate “gee, golly” note for the amazing historical stories relating to deadly plants.... If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking about a wonderful narrator, “I could listen to her read the dictionary,” here’s your chance. A.B. © AudioFile 2011

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. Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

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.