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WICKED PLANTS By: Amy Stewart April 21, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.
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          Do you need to find out how to induce painful swelling, vomiting, paralysis, severe rashes, hives, hallucinations, blisters, blindness, delirium, convulsions, seizures, and/or death?  Then this is the book for you. Or you can just read it for the entertainment value and to educate yourself about wicked plants.

     The Lycan Librarian is an avid collector of reference books, both for the Moonlit Library and for her private shelves. WICKED PLANTS: THE WEED THAT KILLED LINCOLN’S MOTHER & OTHER BOTANICAL ATROCITIES is an essential for all public libraries and for  everyone’s personal library, be they gardener, writer, scholar, dabbler or dreamer. The plants are all clearly listed as deadly, dangerous, illegal, intoxicating, offensive, destructive and painful, and the illustrations are large and clear, making the plants easy to recognize when found. There is also a scattering of additional entertaining illustrations added purely for whimsy.
     Each plant’s listing begins with an informative and interesting historical tale relating an actual event, be it death or discomfort, caused by one of the listed plants. After reading these accounts, one wonders why the world’s accidental poisonings are not more common, for many of the deadliest varieties are readily and widely accessable.

     Within the pages of this book, you will learn the family, habitat, origin, and the common names of each plant, all about parasitic plants, and even where to visit renowned Poison Gardens. Oh, yes, I nearly forgot, there is also a small section devoted to antidotes.

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