Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Wicked Plants, The Plant that Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart, 236 pages
I had read Wicked Bugs by this author and really enjoyed it, so I eagerly picked this book up. It's comforting to think of how much of the world is actively trying to kill us. Plants that poison, destroy, suffocate, and are just plain dangerous are featured in little vignettes. Ranging from Betel Nuts, Nightshade, Kudzu, Ratbane, Stinging Trees, and Yew, there is something for everyone. I will definitely take a second look at plants I put in my flower beds or bring into my house considering how many things are poisonous to animals and children. This book is well worth picking up for a fun and informative read.