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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).

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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  • “Culling legend and citing science, Stewart’s fact-filled, A–Z compendium of nature’s worst offenders offers practical and tantalizing composite views of toxic, irritating, prickly, and all-around ill-mannered plants.”


  • “Author Stewart presents an alphabetical compendium of hazardous plants…while incorporating pop culture, medicine, mythology, history, legalities, and botanical facts. The text is highly intriguing…Reader Coleen Marlo is excellent and recites the botanical lingo with ease. Recommended to lovers of fascinating trivia, history, botany, and horticulture.”

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  • “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…Amy Stewart compiles an alphabetical listing of poisonous plants that run the gamut from causing a rash to bringing on quick death from a single berry… If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking about a wonderful narrator—‘I could listen to her read the dictionary’—here’s your chance.”


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