A friend sent me Amy Stewart’s new book called Wicked Plants because she said it seemed like it was right up my alley. I’m in the business of plants and flowers, nothing much bother’s me, but this book has certainly given even me a new appreciation about some of the dangers of plants! I hope to never have contact with any of the ones she mentions in her book although I have used monkshood in floral designs. Then I read in her book that just touching the plant can cause cardiac problems..well I know that reading about it causes cardiac problems for sure! Yikes! I’ll never use that plant in my flower arrangements again!
Maybe that book has made me more aware of my wild friendly surroundings. Today while up in the mountains, I was looking at plants through a new set of eyes. That nasty devils club, I went way out of my way to avoid it! I found this little three leafed plant with red berries, I stayed far away from that too
Then there was the monster plant that looked like something from the dinosaur era, I think it looked like skunk cabbage, but I don’t think I’d eat it!
Then I stumbled upon these clumps of grass, and when the wind kicked up and the brush started to move I began to wonder if BEARS had anything to do with Bear grass, is it wicked too? These grasses grow in the vicinity of HuckleBEARies? Hmmm?
Then I finally found a friendly plant, fireweed, it’s purple and it’s pretty and it makes good honey, and the best part.. it wasn’t mentioned in Amy Stewarts book of ” Wicked Plants” ! Things are looking up!
As my hunt for huckleberries progressed, I ran across this pretty group of plants, and since I think one was either hemlock which has a wicked sounding name, or maybe it was yew, which has wicked red poisonous berries and the other one had wicked spiny barbs, I decided it was only “pretty” from a distance!
Then I finally found the jewel I was looking for, huckleberry bushes, but by now I am having moments of doubt, are these a part of the wicked plant family too? Remember those Bearies?
Now that I have survived my hiking trip, I’ve decide that I really really love and enjoyed Amy Stewart’s new book called Wicked Plants, but it’s not a good book to take on a hiking trip to the woods unless you have nerves of steel!