Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities (MP3 CD)
June 2009 Indie Next List
“Master gardener and historian Amy Stewart sheds sunlight on the darkest, deadliest (but seemingly innocuous) flora around the world. You never know what might be growing in your neighbor's yard!”
— Emily Stavrou, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI
Beware The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. 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. Amy Stewart, bestselling author of Flower Confidential, 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. Stewart renders a vivid portrait of evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, enlighten, and alarm even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.
About the Author
Amy Stewart is the bestselling author of several books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including "From the Ground Up," "The Earth Moved," "Flower Confidential," "Wicked Plants," and "Wicked Bugs."
Coleen Marlo is an accomplished actor and multi-award-winning audiobook voice artist and producer. In 2010 she was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year by "Publishers Weekly," and she won the Audie Award for Literary Fiction in 2011. She has won numerous "Publishers Weekly" Listen-Up Awards and is an "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner.
"Culling legend and citing science, Stewart's fact-filled, AZ compendium of nature's worst offenders offers practical and tantalizing composite views of toxic, irritating, prickly, and all-around ill-mannered plants." ---Booklist