- Gebundene Ausgabe: 236 Seiten
- Verlag: Timber Press (19. Juni 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1604691271
- ISBN-13: 978-1604691276
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,9 x 2,4 x 18,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 85.446 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Wicked Plants (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 19. Juni 2010
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Amy Stewart tends a poison garden of her own in northern California. She is the award-winning author of four books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world.
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past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins." -- Proverbs 24:30-31
Wicked Plants is a great combination of helpful information about harmful plants and good story telling. Both are valuable to people who wouldn't know one plant from another if they fell into them (until stuck full of thorns or inadvertently poisoned).
When I visit people for the first time who have small children and pets, I'm always astonished to see rooms and yards full of poisonous plants located where they are easily available to inquiring mouths and teeth. When I point out the problem, the so-called adults usually tell me that I can't be right. A few minutes on the Internet quickly causes a major plant remodeling of the house and yard.
I've also walked full of yards filled with marijuana plants being cultivated by the youngsters in the family while the parents remain blissfully ignorant of their crop's potential.
This book will help you overcome any such ignorance that you have.
But I do have a caution: If whoever prepares your food isn't too happy with you, don't leave this book lying around . . . it's full of potentially lethal advice for poisoning you.
The book's main weakness is that if you don't already know these plants you may not be able to recognize them from the drawings. I suggest you look up color photographs on the Internet as you read the books.
Well done, Ms. Stewart!
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There are many kinds of vegetative wickedness described in this book: deadly and poisonous; painful; invasive; and illegal, for example.
The writing is excellent- I read it cover to cover, as if it were a novel, and learned a lot. There may be a bit of unseemly relish in the way the effects of various of these wicked plants are described- did you know that foxtail burrs can work their way into dogs' brains??? Euew! -Of course, that's part of what makes it so fascinating.
It's a very pretty book, and possibly emphasizes that more than being a reliable reference; there's no index, for example, and while many of the entries are in alphabetical order, some are gathered together under various headings. It's intended, I think, more for reading and browsing than for serious reference work, though the information is solid.
I bought this after reading and loving the author's "Drunken Botanist" book, and it lived up to my expectations.
But- it may well make you a bit paranoid about what is in the gardens and woods!
I am not sure that I would compare this book to as much a reference book like my Audubon and Peterson field guides as I might to a box of chocolates. In which case you read about the plants you know, and randomly select the plants that you nothing about.
Some of the reviews fall short on a proper review of this book because:
One person states that they hated plants were not impressed. The book was clearly not made to impress those that hate plants (clearly someone that does not like oxygen and veggies). If anything it was made for those that have a love of plants, or perhaps biology all together.
Another states disappointment because it did not cover plants only in the U.S., the book made no claims to being of one area. Frankly bigger audience if you go with plants of the world.
And another complainer even though a good review about the cover being old fashion and the book too small. I refer to the old adage to not judge a book by its cover.
I bought the kindle version, and have the kindle 2 international version. My complaint; not justifying anything less then a 5 star review is that it was made for the kindle dx, even though the book is not much bigger then the screen itself. I am not sure why it could not have the graphics in the book. I had found the book in a store and skimmed through it there. I know that many kindle books have illustrations, and I am not sure why this book would not for my kindle.
Regardless is a must have for any plant lover or biology nut, for which I am both.