"Readers who enjoy plants and offbeat tales will find Brown's book a happy mix" (Publishers Weekly).
Mankind has always had a morbid fascination with poisonous plants. Over the centuries, poisonous plants have been used to remove garden pestsas well as unwanted rivals and deceitful partners. They have also been used for their medicinal qualities, as rather dangerous cosmetics, and even to help seduce a lover when perceived as an aphrodisiac. Some of these and other uses originate in a medieval book that has not yet been translated into English. This book delves into the history of these plants, covering such topics as:
These stories and many more will enlighten you on these treacherous and peculiar plants, their defensive and deadly traits, the facts behind them, and the folklore that has grown around them.