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> NPR - 2009's Crop of Great Gardening Books (http://tr.im/2009Gar)
>> "Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other
> Botanical Atrocities" by Amy Stewart (Amazon.com:http://tr.im/WickedP> )
>> "Consider yourself warned," writes Amy Stewart. "Within the plant
> kingdom lurk unfathomable evils." Bram Stoker meets Agatha Christie in
> this sophisticated little brew of botanical boogiemen. Fatal fungus,
> suicide trees and deadly nightshades are the characters in Stewart's
> cleverly designed overview of poisonous plants. A dead serious writer
> enchanted by "the plant kingdom's criminal element," Stewart's
> wonderfully illustrated book is less a warning than a history of
> plants that have, for millennia, insinuated their perilous tendrils
> into our unsuspecting lives.
>> Book excerpt:http://tr.im/WPlants
Most people do not appreciate that since plants cannot run or fight
like the animal kingdom, poison is their biggest defense.