My Mom read this book and couldn’t stop talking about it. “It’s the best book I’ve read in ages,” she said. Emily Wilson had everything she could want in her twenties; a handsome and loving husband, a bestselling novel. When she gets older and things are falling apart, she decides to spend time with her great aunt on an island in March. It is there she finds a diary from 1943 that parallels and changes her life.
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. Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.
Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, bestselling author Stewart provides an account of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.