Wednesday, April 07, 2010

what a naughy little plant you are!

Wicked Plants: the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities by Amy Stewart

This non-fiction book written for adults is fascinating. Wow! Who knew just how bad some of our most common plants could be! Stewart gives the scientific name for each plant, as well as mentioning some of the common names. Many of the plants dastardly deeds are described in prose, keeping the book even more interesting. The setup of the book makes it perfect for setting aside and coming back to later. My only complaint is the illustrations. While the etchings and drawings are wonderful, I would have preferred full color photos of the plants so I know exactly what to avoid!

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