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Wicked Plants
Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities | Amy Stewart
A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Natures most appalling creations. Its an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. Youll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother). Menacing botanical illustrations and splendidly ghastly drawings create a fascinating portrait of the evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.
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MatchlessMarie
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So my camera decided to stop working so enjoy this blurry photo. I wasnt planning on starting this book yet, but I found myself awake at 230 and didn't want to wake the rest of my house up looking for my other book. #TIL that more people are poisoned annually by plants than are injured by electrical outlets. Like 17 times more. #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

phatsallylee I enjoyed this book as well as some of her others! 3mo
Clwojick 4 pts! 3mo
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Linsy
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Andrea4 Ooo the big bad book of botany looks cool!!! 4mo
Craftylikefox Well now I need to add the big bad book of Botany to my library 😂 4mo
Linsy @Andrea4 @Craftylikefox It‘s great!! 🌱 4mo
youneverarrived Very pretty 💚 4mo
ApplesandSpindles We have lots of books in common. ☺ 4mo
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ozma.of.oz
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#chillingphotochallenge #poison

The Alnwick Gardens, specifically the new Poison Garden section, are on my Travel Bucket List.

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick 1 point (123 total)

Mandoul I love Alnwick Gardens and really enjoyed the poison garden tour. As a bonus, Alnwick has a great used bookstore (Barter Books) 📚😀 4mo
ozma.of.oz @Mandoul Oooh! Excellent! I‘ll have to look that up. If I ever manage to get there! 🤞🏻 (edited) 4mo
Linsy Looove this book! 4mo
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tpixie
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush #CoverLove
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This is a great cover! From one our own Littens. She is finally touring fairly close to me (Tulsa, OK - I‘m near Wichita, KS) , but I‘ve got to stay home close to my daughter whose 35 weeks pregnant with twins. Snap!

https://www.amystewart.com/events/

Chrissyreadit So exciting! (The twins)!!!!! 5mo
tpixie @Chrissyreadit yes!!! So thankful she made it to 35 weeks!! now I hope at least 36 but would prefer 37! 5mo
tpixie @Chrissyreadit she‘s been nesting an awful lot this last week though! 5mo
Chrissyreadit 35 is not bad! What do they weigh? Are they Boy/girl/surprise? 5mo
tpixie @Chrissyreadit yes! I‘m so thankful they‘ve stayed inside so long!! 2 girls! Natalya & Emory ! They‘re about 4.5 - 5 lbs now! So pretty good sized. She‘s a walking time bomb! 5mo
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RainyDayReading
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Wow what a busy week two of #BFC getting this posted a little late but that‘s just how my week seems to be going. Between being away from home, road trips and the 4th the only thing I managed to do this week was meet my goal of eating 3 times a day. Read a couple graphic novels but that‘s about it. Here‘s hoping this coming week calms down and I can get back on track. In the meantime here‘s Daisy again. @wanderinglynn @Clwojick #fitwizards

Clwojick Hi Daisy! 👋 8mo
Clwojick And you‘re doing great considering how busy you‘re week was. Fingers crossed it calms down for you a bit this week 💕 8mo
wanderinglynn I'm going to rewrite this sentence: “the only thing I managed to do this week was meet my goal of eating 3 times a day“ to “I met my goal of eating 3 times a day!“ (complete with exclamation point). It's good to strive for more, but some weeks, life happens. So it's important to celebrate what you did accomplish! 🎉 On busy weeks when you're traveling, it's hard to eat 3 meals. And Daisy is adorable! ❤ 🐶 8mo
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ApplesandSpindles
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Research...

SW-T Very interesting book! The things you learn 😊 (edited) 12mo
ApplesandSpindles @SW-T I am researching for a story but is the sort of thing I would read for fun too. 😛 12mo
Linsy Beautiful pic! 4mo
ApplesandSpindles @Linsy Thank you!! 4mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln‘s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

This was a #BlameItOnLitsy read for me 😊

#OhMother 🌱🌿☘️ #ANewChapter 🥂

#BookNerd 💙📚🤓

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds interesting 💚💚 13mo
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AshleyHoss820
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FREUD!! 😂😂 I‘m screaming!
Spaniard dude: Dude, if you give the slaves this coca plant, they‘ll work forever and barely eat.
Other Spaniard dude: Boy, they‘re sure dying a lot, huh?
Spaniard dude: Yeah. Weird.

#HistoryIsFun

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Pickpick

Enjoyed the presentation and how the book was organized. Full of exotic lore, lovely illustrations, and well written with a touch of humor.

#gardens #botany #poison #botanicalillustrations #poisonbooknerd

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PathfinderNicole
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1. Yes!
2. I‘d say 40-60 with more fiction?
3. History, mostly anything pre WWII. True spooky stories (ghosts, cryptids).
4. Hmmm. Hard to choose! The Discovery of the Titanic by Dr Robert Ballard or Tower by Nigel Jones.
5. Done!
#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
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SW-T
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Starless
Ancillary Justice
Lending a Paw
Learning to Breathe
Iron and Magic
Enemies in Love

@LibrarianRyan #everyletter

LibrarianRyan 😁🤓👍🏻 1y
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SW-T
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Not sure what I‘ll get to or in what order, but something‘s gonna get read for the September Book-a-Week challenge. Gotta work on my TBR pile 📚📚📚📚

@TheReadingMermaid

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SW-T
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Love the illustrations and so far it‘s been very interesting. Nice that you can read it in order or skip around as different plants interest you.

#gardens #botanicalillustrations #botanical #botany

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SW-T
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Starting a new book is always an adventure. Looking forward to this one.

#newbook #bookaddict

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PathfinderNicole
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Did you know there‘s a tree in the West Indies and in Central and South America whose fruit explodes with a literal bang when ripe, often sending its poisonous seeds flying up to 300 feet away? I didn‘t before reading this! A fascinating read about the bad boys of plants that covered everything from marijuana and Venus fly traps to cyanide and strychnine. I loved it and definitely learned quite a bit!

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PathfinderNicole
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1. I couldn‘t choose between Titanic, Twister, and The Great Mouse Detective.
2. Fries!
3. In the car-mostly AltNation on sat radio. At home-Spotify daily mix or a playlist of video game music.
4. Done! It‘s a good book so far about different kinds of poisonous and otherwise “wicked” plants.
5. Will do!
#FriyayIntro @jesshowbooks

KatieCarpenter That sounds like an interesting book! I‘m also a fry girl! :) 2y
TheLibrarian The Great Mouse Detective is such a great movie! 2y
kstadt929 Ahhh I‘ve forgotten about the movie Twister! I remember watching it at my aunt‘s house with my older brother...and then thinking for the longest time that a tornado would hit my house 🤣 2y
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InLibrisVeritas
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Pickpick

This turned out to be really fascinating and a perfect pick for my History of Magic prompt for the #NEWTsreadathon2018

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InLibrisVeritas
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I should be asleep but I set about trying to find a book to fit a prompt for the #NEWTsreadathon2018 and finally found it!

The prompt is "a book that would fit in at the Hogwarts library" , and I think this has a title that would work so well in the herbology section.

Daisey Seems like a great choice for that prompt, and it is a fascinating book. 2y
InLibrisVeritas @Daisey So far its proving to be perfect for the challenge, and definitely fascinating 2y
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Linsy
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I L💚VE this book so much!! #wicked #coolbooks

Craftylikefox Yes!!! I love the whole collection 🖤🖤 2y
Daisey I liked this plants one but enjoyed the one about plants used for alcohol even more. 2y
Linsy @Daisey What a great title!! Do you think I‘d enjoy it even if I don‘t drink? I don‘t know anything about drinks, but this sounds like such a fun book! 2y
Daisey Not sure about that! If I remember correctly, the two books were similar in style, but I enjoyed the alcohol one more because of my personal interest in making alcohol and drinking it. So, maybe if you enjoy the focus on various ways to use it plants, such as how different cultures developed types of alcohol and other ingredients of cocktails. 2y
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JillPill
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1) Tulips
2) Ooh so many! Broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, asparagus, carrots
3) no I kill plants 😂
4) tagged book, Wicked Plants!!

#GardenParty @REPollock

REPollock So many great book recommendations coming from this! 2y
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Grrlbrarian
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Oh, I‘ll come to the #gardenparty!
1. Pansies for looks (their little lion faces!), lilacs for smell, delphiniums or irises for color
2. Everything but Brussels sprouts
3. Just some plants on the porch and a few pothos inside that somehow, I have yet to murder
4. Wicked Plants for those who dream of planting a poison garden someday! 👌🖤

REPollock OMGGGGG fantastic rec! 2y
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Victoriahoperose
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Panpan

This started out so strong and I was super interested to read this and then it just got dry. It lost momentum and it was like reading a dictionary. Super boring for me. #booked2018 #environmentbooks

Cinfhen Love your honest review💚sorry it was a dud 2y
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Andrea4
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1. Constantly changing but maybe somewhere in the mint family?
2. Re-binge watching for the gazillionth time- Grey's Anatomy 💜😢
3. Wicked Plants...once you know a little, you want more!
4. Everything!
5. Market, Bookclub & Greek Food Fest with @llwheeler and a relaxing Sunday with massage!

#FriYayIntro @jesshowbooks

Bklover 2. Yes! Season 7 Episode 18 is my favorite! 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Great way to end my birthday with an author event! We hosted Amy for the @litsybookclub in January.

rather_be_reading awesome!! happy birthday!! 🎉🎂🎁 2y
rubyslippersreads Happy 🎂🎂🎂! 2y
AmyG Happy Birthday!🎉🎁🎂 2y
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mabell Happy Birthday! We heard her speak at our botanical garden. She is hilarious. 😄 2y
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 2y
Lcsmcat Happy Birthday! 🎉🎈🎂 2y
AmyStewart Great to see you! 2y
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎂🎈🎉🎁 2y
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎁🎂🎊🎈🎉 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @AmyStewart You were wonderful and it was great to see you! Continued success with all your work! 2y
tpixie So awesome!! Glad you got to really celebrate your birthday in readers heaven!! 💚📚💚🎂🎂🎂 2y
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MiyakoBunny
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5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I 💚‘d this lil‘ gem 💎 of a book 📖 & I seriously must own the little set RIGHT MEOW!!! ❤️ There‘s even a mini section that mentions Guam 🇬🇺 🦇🌴❤️!!! It had me so excited I was reading it aloud for everyone because I‘m a No F*€K$ Given kind of Gal 💁🏻‍♀️🤣 Hear These facts people! Hear them! Lmao🤣 Two👍🏼👍🏼Thumbs Way The F*€K up for this one 🌱🌵🌾😎

rohit-sawant Oo, sounds interesting! And that's a killer cover! 😁 2y
MiyakoBunny @rohit-sawant I love the cover detail for sure the inside has beautiful illustrations as well 😊🌱🤗💚 2y
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tpixie
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Look what I found featured in the window at Faulkner House Books! WICKED PLANTS and WICKED BUGS by our own Litten, AMY STEWART!! 🌱🐜🌿🕷🍃#LitsyBookClub #AmyStewart

wanderinglynn Love the covers! 2y
GripLitGrl Lovley covers! 2y
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tpixie @GripLitGrl they are gorgeous!! 2y
GlassAsDiamonds Ooohh!!! I didn‘t know about Wicked Bugs!! Thank you! 😊😊😊 2y
tpixie @GlassAsDiamonds AND she has exhibits at museums!! https://youtu.be/UnsQAW3Jbnk (edited) 2y
Crazeedi These look so interesting! Will add to my never-ending the list! 2y
tpixie @Crazeedi she's a great author!! (edited) 2y
GlassAsDiamonds @tpixie okay, that is just COOL!!!! 😊😊😊😊 2y
tpixie @GlassAsDiamonds I was so excited to seem them! At such a perfect store!! 2y
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RowReads1
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This is a pin over on Etsy by alumandink. -I must go. My plants need me. -I must go. My cats 🐱 need me. -I must go wash my hair.

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LMJenkins
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Pickpick

This is a very fun read, just like the author‘s “Girl Waits with Gun.” #readingresolutions #poison @Jess7

LadyChristy Loved this! Particularly the beautiful botanical drawings! 🌿🌱 2y
PictureandBook It‘s on my Libby spot right now! 2y
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AlobelThee
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#Poison Wicked Plants was a really cool book, with a great education on differences between poisons and irritants. I'm looking to seek out Wicked Bugs as the next read! ☠️ #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

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WayToDawn324
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Pickpick

Wicked Plants was such a wonderful book and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. 🌺 I look forward to reading more by Amy Stewart.

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WayToDawn324
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🌿 I‘m having way more fun reading this than I thought I would. Who knew there were so many deadly plants in the world? 🌿

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laytonwoman3rd
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Nifty little compendium of general knowledge about poisonous, illegal, intoxicating, invasive or just plain irritating plants. And we EAT some of them all the time! Fantastic illustrations too.

klarusu Loved this one. Have you read 'Wicked Bugs' ... also great! 2y
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msford88
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Pickpick

Some truly fascinating tales from the botanical dark side. I read this book over time, digesting a new evil plant story every few days.

JillPill She has another one called Wicked Bugs that is really cool too. I read this while I was getting a tattoo last year! 2y
MiyakoBunny Yay!!! This is on my TBR 😃 2y
msford88 @JillPill Awesome! I'll have to check it out. 2y
Godmotherx5 I gave this to my mom & my brother stole it. I heard it‘s very good. 😉 2y
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Bpsmith6176
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When your husband combines your two loves for your birthday gift. #booksandplants

Fernoppy Well that's my husband's present sorted out 😊 2y
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hp256
Panpan

I heard the audiobook and it wasn't done well

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Andrea4
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When it's plant watering day and this isn't even all your plants 😥
I wish there could be plant swaps!!! Or just giveaways in my case!!
But I 💚💚💚 them.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love plants!!! 2y
Andrea4 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too! And in the darker days in Canada I appreciate their greenery!! However, I live in an apartment and am running out of plant room 😂😂 2y
Mommamanzi I‘m the same way lol. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrea4 I‘m running out of room too!! 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai Just send them to me. They'll be dead in a week. My thumb isn't green...its apparently decayed with death. Plants hate me and all I want them to do is love me the way I love them. *sigh* 😢 2y
Andrea4 @GrilledCheeseSamurai 😯 have you tried succulents? They're pretty hardy. 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Andrea4 yeah that's what I've been told. I'ma try a couple and see...i just don't know if I can take any more failure. 😒 2y
Andrea4 @GrilledCheeseSamurai well I'd say stay away from a jade (money) plant & kalanchoe and go for cacti or other succulents and err on the side of underwatering. 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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Well, this is starting out good 🌿🎄🌳🌲☘️🍂🍀🍄🌾🍃🥀

Dolly Not a book to read when you're feeling under the weather it seems. 😬 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 I have that same mug! 2y
RadicalReader @JoeStalksBeck what a chilling introduction if there ever was one 2y
annalibris I‘m listening to her Wicked Bugs right now. Pretty creepy stuff, but really interesting. 2y
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Listener15
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Picked this up as an Audible Daily Deal. This was a fun listen but I think probably a better read. Though it was nice to not have to figure out how to pronounce these name. I enjoyed it and will pick up Wicked Bugs, but in print. Lots of fun and probably useful for you mystery readers/writers.

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tricours
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Pickpick

I knew this book wasn't ideal as an audiobook (you want pictures, and it's more like an encyclopedia), but I couldn't resist it when it showed up as a Daily Deal. Very interesting stuff! Ill need to get a print version though. Hopefully with this cover.

Tamra It was eye opening! Her other books are on my TBR. (edited) 2y
tricours @Tamra I listened to that one as well! Interesting, but I found it poorly edited and a bit too personal and silly! 2y
Tamra @tricours it was years ago, so I don't remember the silly part, but yes it read like a memoir (I'm not into that genre). 😁 I enjoyed all the research on earth worms, I had no idea how vital & interesting they are! (edited) 2y
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MKbookworm
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Sounds interesting and figured it was worth it for a $1.95 even if it ends up being not for me. #audibledailydeal #audible

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Loralie
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Took a break from a book I wasn't feeling to read this. It is a quick, enjoyable read about poisonous plants and how they affect you & in some cases have been used in history. It's not super scientific so don't let that hold you back from learning how poisonous your garden is!

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LibrarianRyan
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Hey all, @AmyStewart is having a give away. It looks awesome. Check out her post for more info!!

DivineDiana Thank you! Entered! 3y
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Andrea4
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Pickpick

Pitcher plant autopsy 😃 More plant science/experiments in this witty, quick, and super informative read- another great one by Stewart. If you have any interest in poison, plants, or perhaps writing an awesome mystery do NOT pass this book by!

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Andrea4
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Ants are so cool! Is it weird that I imagine ants that bang their heads against a wall as cute and frustrated?

llwheeler I feel like I just comment whoaaaa on all these posts, but... whoaaaa! So cool 3y
Andrea4 @llwheeler literally me for every plant-Ryan has fun dealing with my "oh oh oh listen to this!!!!" 3y
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Andrea4
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To all those who like being outside, especially in the woods! Also to those who like fun nature-centered experiments!
(Like my poisonous philodendron backdrop 😉)

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Andrea4
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Oh, you mean like this rosary pea necklace? Oh yes, my family doesn't have a bunch of this jewelry...
Well, according to the superstitions I know, they're lucky beads. Lucky when you don't die from handling them???

llwheeler Whoa that's neat, never heard of these before 3y
Andrea4 @llwheeler many of the markets and vendors in Chile have these in some form if jewelry. They are really bright and pretty, so very attractive. Did not know their "darker" side till now lol. All I see are the dark sides of plants now... 3y
llwheeler @Andrea4 I feel like this is an excellent premise for a murder mystery. Either as the red herring or the actual murder weapon 3y
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Andrea4 @llwheeler oh SO MANY murder mystery plants in here! Like coyotillo, whose ingested berries cause paralysis...eventually! It can take days to weeks to set in 😮 3y
llwheeler @Andrea4 Whaaat. Okay I think I'm gonna have to read this book 3y
Andrea4 @llwheeler these books are AMAZING!! I was so happy mom found the Drunken Botanist in a garage sale for $1, think she'll find me this one for that deal too? Ooooh also look up a strangler fig tree. Freakin' awesome! 3y
llwheeler @Andrea4 I wouldn't put it past her 3y
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Andrea4
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"Once a dodder finds a host plant, it wraps itself around its victim, injects tiny fungal structures into it, and sucks out the plant's nutrients. ... A field smothered in dodder looks like it has been attacked by silly string."
Photo by Robert Siegel

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Andrea4
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Ok so of the 8 more common and toxic houseplants I have 3, the first 3. BUT to be fair, I knew they were when I bought them and I don't make a habit of stroking their leaves or ingesting them and they are away from the 🐶& 🐱. Also, I'm not sure my Ivy is English...poser.

llwheeler Poser 😂 3y
Andrea4 @llwheeler woops just checked, it IS English Ivy. 3y
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Andrea4
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[Plants] can nourish and heal, but they can also destroy.
Truth.