Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities

Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities
by Amy Stewart
Published by Algonquin Books
May 21, 2009

I had high hopes for this books as I am always looking for different ways NOT to die in nature. As it would happen, while it was a pretty book to look at with great illustrations (by Briony Morrow-Cribbs), I don’t think that it is a practical guide to dangerous plants. The illustrations, for example, wouldn’t help me differentiate the plants if I were out on a nature walk. Nor were the stories as fun as I had hoped. Though Lincoln’s mother was undoubtedly killed by a villainous weed, her antidotes were more passing remarks than intriguing stories.  That being said, I’m still happy to own this book as it was an easy read and could help with dinner conversation some day.

For: trivia lovers
Not for: gardeners, cooks (don’t want to give them any ideas)

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