There's something wicked lurking in your backyards and gardens. Deadly plants are hiding there waiting to pounce... Okay, that's a bit dramatic, but I'll never look at a field of wildflowers the same way again after reading Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart.
The list of nasty weeds, houseplants, trees, and plants is large. Stewart puts them in alphabetical order, everything from invasive to deadly. Some are super scary like Poison Hemlock and Strychnine Tree. The stuff they can do to a person is ugly. Then there are the ones that are just gross like Stinking Cabbage and Slobber Weed. Yes, Slobber Weed. Don't. Ask. There are the intoxicating which can kill you and the illegal which don't. Even the stuff in your fridge can harm you if not prepared correctly, like Red Kidney Beans.
There are amusing or interesting facts in Wicked Plants as well. The US DEA spends more on disposing of wild "Ditchweed" than it does cultivated Marijuana. Raw cashews will give you a rash. Lincoln's mom was killed by a plant.
The book itself is gorgeous with etchings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs and drawings by Jonathon Rosen. It's fairly short and easy to read. I found it both scary and fascinating. If you can't get enough of Wicked Plants you can see the real things. Stewart includes a list of deadly botanical gardens in the back.
Take a look at Amy Stewart's website and this book trailer for more info.