Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

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14 Responses to “Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Yup, they’re not called Angel Trumpets for nothin’.

  2. DWittSF says:

    The ONDCP will request a revised edition ASAP, due to the omission of Cannabis, whose massive threat to society has been widely documented, from Reefer Madness to Dragnet.

  3. nanuq says:

    I got curious enough about Abe Lincoln’s mother to look it up. So Nancy Hanks Lincoln died of “milk sickness” thanks to snakeroot. Live and learn (or not).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_sickness

  4. TheMadLibrarian says:

    For sheer perversity, I probably can think of a dozen nasties that didn’t make the cut. Still, I’d pick it up for just the historical lushness.

  5. ARCANE12 says:

    The ‘ohe trees growing at Maunaloa on Molokai were believed to be inhabited by certain Hawaiian gods. It is a fact that “these trees became poisonous only at the Molokai location; trees of the same family on other islands remained harmless….”—Nana I Ke Kumu, Mary Kawena Pukui, volume 1, page 25.

  6. Corvinus says:

    You can check out a video trailer for the book as well.

  7. eclectro says:

    Spoiler for those that want to know how Lincoln’s mother died;
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Hanks#Death

    Food for thought…err death.

  8. wolfiesma says:

    Could we have a game to win one of these books? Something with poetry maybe? Pssst… TNH! TNH!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Big Ed Dunkel, try Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Wild Man Steve Brill points it out as something to avoid on his city park foraging tours.

  10. Big Ed Dunkel says:

    Where can I score some of that snakeroot, mon?

  11. markfrei says:

    Makes me think of The Decadent Gardener and their “fatal garden.”

  12. The Unusual Suspect says:

    (2nd link goes to an ad for the Kindle DX. Like I’m gonna pay $500 for the privilege of reading something from a terribly narrow range of rent-only DRMed books.)

  13. Teller says:

    Sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for this.

  14. danielpauldavis says:

    I have jimson weed growing in my front AND back yards. Out here in So Cal, it’s one of the few bloomin’ plants I don’t have to water.

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