'Wickedly' good reading material.

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    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    If you are in the literary mood for an entertaining---and horrifying---plant book, I suggest this one. Truth is, indeed, far stranger than fiction! Warning: read this volume indoors...and at a safe distance from houseplants and windows.

    Wicked Plants
    The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities
    by Amy Stewart
    Etchings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs
    Drawings by Jonathon Rosen
    Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill---2009
    ISBN-13:978-1-56512-683-1
    Dewey Call #: 581.65 S849w
     
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    GreenLarry Active Member 10 Years

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    So which plant killed Lincoln's mother??
     
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    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Well, jeez loueeze, Michael! Ya gotta read the book!

    OK, OK. It was Eupatorium rugosum (syn. Ageratina altissima), white snakeroot.

    "One of the most famous victims of milk sickness was Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln. She fought the disease for a week but finally succumbed, as did her aunt and uncle and several other people in the small town of Litle Pigeon Creek, Indiana. She left behind nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln and his sister, Sarah. Lincoln's father built the coffins himself; young Abraham helped by carving the pegs for his mother's casket."
     
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    GreenLarry Active Member 10 Years

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    Ooh a plant I wasnt familiar with , and in my favourite family too!
     
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    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Lincoln, or Asteraceae?
     
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    Oh definitely Asteraceae! :D
     

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