March 2, 2016

Deadly plants

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
by Amy Stewart

Colourful flowers, trees, and shrubs - we use them to decorate our homes and gardens. But watch out! Some of these plants can be deadly. In Wicked Plants, you'll meet all sorts of evil greenery that'll make you think twice before buying them, especially if you have kids and pets. There are plants that grow poisonous berries, plants with venomous thorns, vines that strangle trees, plants that intoxicate, and plants that burn. Some may merely irritate, but others kill, and in very painful ways. 

Stewart helpfully labels each plant as dangerous, poisonous, illegal, destructive, painful, intoxicating, deadly, or merely offensive, and cheerfully describes the agonies each plant imparts. Lovely botanical etchings form a nice juxtaposition with witty stories of unfortunate encounters. As well, gruesome drawings add a macabre touch. 

Excellent for ages 12 and up.

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