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5. August 2014

David Attenborough meets Lemony Snicket in The Big Bad Book of Botany, Michael Largo’s entertaining and enlightening one-of-a-kind compendium of the world’s most amazing and bizarre plants, their history, and their lore.

The Big, Bad Book of Botany introduces a world of wild, wonderful, and weird plants. Some are so rare, they were once more valuable than gold. Some found in ancient mythology hold magical abilities, including the power to turn a person to stone. Others have been used by assassins to kill kings, and sorcerers to revive the dead. Here, too, is vegetation with astonishing properties to cure and heal, many of which have long since been lost with the advent of modern medicine.

Organized alphabetically, The Big, Bad Book of Botany combines the latest in biological information with bizarre facts about the plant kingdom’s oddest members, including a species that is more poisonous than a cobra and a prehistoric plant that actually “walked.” Largo takes you through the history of vegetables and fruits and their astonishing agricultural evolution. Throughout, he reveals astonishing facts, from where the world’s first tree grew to whether plants are telepathic.

Featuring more than 150 photographs and illustrations, The Big, Bad Book of Botany is a fascinating, fun A-to-Z encyclopedia for all ages that will transform the way we look at the natural world.

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“A fascinating journey. ... If you like animals and odd stories and gooey oddities then this one is for you.” ( on The Big, Bad Book of Beasts)

“An expert guide. ... Delves into truth and lore about our furry friends.” (Miami New Times on The Big, Bad Book of Beasts)

“Amazingly entertaining.” (Maxim on Final Exits)

“A literary walk through an amazing botanical garden. ... Full of fun facts and surprising legends, the book is a great read for both plant-lovers and novices alike. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot - broccoli will never look the same!” (Dr. Ellen Prager, oceanographer and Safina Center Fellow on The Big, Bad Book of Botany)

“A fascinating summary of some of the most famous and important plants grown around the world.” (Dr. F.G. (Eric) Hochberg, Curator Emeritus, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History)

“This gracefully written book will appeal to general readers interested in botany, who will enjoy browsing information on a wide variety of strange and/or useful plants.” (Library Journal)

“In a quirky, alphabetical collection of folklore, traditional botany, growing suggestions, and modern science and nutrition, Largo shares delight in the weird and wonderful corners of the plant world. ... Colorful. ... Largo’s palpable enthusiasm means every page yields something to catch the reader’s interest.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Largo has the gift of transforming a nerdy catalog of facts into an apothecary of invigorating information. His encyclopedic knowledge is never an end in itself, but it is always an engine for historical insight and reflection on human nature.” (BookPage)

“Not your standard reference book. ... Written with an eye for humor and cocktail-party-friendly trivia, this botanical exploration can serve as a coffee-table piece or conversation starter.” (Shelf Awareness)

“All the exuberance of a kid’s garden.” (Wall Street Journal)

“A very cool, quirky look at the plant kingdom.” (Miami New Times)

“This combination of history, mythology, lore, science and sheer entertainment takes us on a tour of the world’s most unusual plants.” (Sacramento Bee)

“[A]n entertaining compendium of unusual plants. Full of history and intriguing cultural tidbits.” (Miami Herald)


An entertaining and enlightening compendium of the world's most amazing and bizarre plants, revealing their secrets, history, and lore

What happens when you give a plant a polygraph test? Can a flower really turn a human into a zombie? What gives the gingko tree its stink? The Big, Bad Book of Botany holds the incredible answers to all of these questions and more. From absinthe to zubrowka (a popular ingredient in Polish vodkas), Michael Largo takes you through the historical and agricultural evolution of hundreds of plant species, revealing astonishing facts along the way. You'll be introduced to magic mushrooms, superfoods, and toxic teas. You'll learn about plants so valuable they have started international wars, so evolved they can trick animals into helping them survive, and so deadly a single taste of one will kill you. Featuring more than one hundred and forty illustrations, this fascinating and fun A-to-Z encyclopedia for all ages will transform the way you look at the natural world.

Did you know?

  • The word hashish comes from the Arabic hashshashin, the name for a group of Persian assassins who were given the drug to calm their nerves before each assignment.
  • The fossil of the oldest-known tree to have thrived on the planet was found in New York's Catskill Mountains, and dates back to more than 360 million years ago.
  • The avocado, though delicious to humans, is toxic to most animals.
  • Sunflowers grow according to a mathematical formula known as the "golden ratio," and almost always produce exactly 55 or 144 seeds.

A-to-Z Encyclopedia!

For all ages!

More than 140 Photos & Illustrations

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2.0 von 5 Sternen I'm also disappointed that it occasionally advocates unproven folk remedies 12. Oktober 2014
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It's too cursory a review fir my tastes. For example, don't just tell me that a plant is toxic; I want to know hoe the toxin functions, what it does in the body, etc. I'm also disappointed that it occasionally advocates unproven folk remedies. It's one thing to discuss old or unproven uses, but actively advocating them can be dangerous.
4.0 von 5 Sternen If you like gardening and plants as I do it is a ... 11. Oktober 2014
Von Bob Kendrick - Veröffentlicht auf
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Fascinating book. If you like gardening and plants as I do it is a fun book to just browse for interesting facts about some very common plants as well as the exotic!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen BUY BUY BUY 21. August 2014
Von Joe - Veröffentlicht auf
This book is amazing. It is an extremely interesting book tying in interesting short 2-3 pages of interesting beutiful plants. Worth the money and time well spent reading
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 7. Oktober 2014
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Great Book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Incredible great book all those tidbits you MUST KNOW 20. September 2014
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Incredible great book all those tidbits you MUST KNOW and don't wanna live/die without!! Great format. Super choices of plants. History is a sweetner. Very dimensional.
-Something for everyone, actually. (Can't believe I said that! -But, it's true!))
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