Poisonous Plants Served Up On a Ghastly Platter: A Book Review of Amy Stewart’s “Wicked Plants”

Wicked Plants and my friend Mr.

Amy Stewart has delivered up a deliciously ghastly and scary-smart combination of stories, etchings, and drawings in a fantastic book called Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities. What an utterly frightening book of deadly plants to review during this Halloween week!

Her book is creative, humorous, and beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this engrossing book which introduces readers to poisonous plants and the true stories of deaths related to them – how utterly wicked!

Above is a short video Amy and her team made showing some of the poisonous non-edibles discussed in Wicked Plants. It is served up in the same imaginative and humorous style as the book and is filled with fascinating facts.

Best-selling author, Amy Stewart tends her own poison garden in northern California. She has authored four quite amazing books, won Amy Stewartnumerous awards for garden writing, and is one of the pleasantly opinionated gardeners contributing to

To learn more about Amy and purchase Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities*, please go to her website –  

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*Special thanks to Amy for sending me this great read – I loved every minute of it and reviewed it with my most honest opinion!

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    October 28, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Sounds like a very cool book. I will have to check it out. Love the cover.

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    October 29, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Totally cool book. Amy is an awesome author and all class. Please check it out soon!


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    October 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

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    October 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Hi, Shawna – What a funny video and looks like a great book. Quick question – do you know anything about Belladonna? I recently adopted an abused horse named Belladonna and somebody mentioned that's also a poisonous plant?

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    October 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I looked it up in Amy's marvelous “Wicked Plants” book – – Belladonna is known as Deadly Nightshade. The entire plant is poisonous to the touch, however, the black berries of Belladonna are what are a threat to children – small children are tempted by the berries and can easily succumb to death after eating them.

    An alkaloid called atropine causes rapid heartbeat, confusion, hallucinations, and seizures.

    The plant likes to grow in damp, shady spots.

    Sounds rather unpleasant doesn't it? Thanks for the information Amy Stewart – what an awesome book – – there are several stories about people who have died and why related to Belladonna in the “Wicked Plants” book. Definitely find more information there.

    🙂 Thanks!


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    May 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks for the information Amy Stewart – what an awesome book,Sounds like a very cool book

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