take a walk on the weird side

Bizarre Botanicals features astonishing plants that have extraordinary abilities—pyrotechnic spores that can burst into flame when ignited, flowers that lure insects to their deaths, and “shy” foliage that cowers at the slightest touch. They can all be grown at home.

Bizarre Botanicals
How to Grow String-Of-Hearts, Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird And Wonderful Plants

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By Dr. Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross
ISBN: 978-1-60469-076-7, $24.95/CAN$31.50 Hardcover, 288 pp, full color throughout Ships in October

DR. LARRY MELLICHAMP is a professor of botany and horticulture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is also director of the University’s Botanical Gardens. He has written many technical and popular articles on plants and gardening, appears regularly in the local media, and has co-authored three books. PAULA GROSS is the assistant director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. She has a masters in horticulture from the University of Georgia, followed by two years of hands-on learning at Goodness Grows Nursery. Timber Press books are distributed in the gift and book trade by Workman Publishing. Please see sales representative to order, or call 800-722-7202.
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“Bizarre Botanicals takes
you on a fascinating botanical journey that combines the can’t-put-it-down characters from a suspense novel with the science of a National Geographic special, all while mixing in the fun of a Mr. Wizard show. Both the young gardener and seasoned scientist will be amazed by these stories of sex, death, and other botanical wizardry with subjects ranging from insect-eating plants to floral pyromaniacs, from corpse flowers to plants that reproduce asexually.”

There is an amazing food web inside pitcher plants, with vicious and innocuous animals living there unharmed, feeding on prey, and in turn helping feed the plants—their homes. The more hair on a cactus, the more sun it likes—well, actually, the more sun it is trying to protect itself from.

tarantula cactus

beehive ginger

—Tony Avent, author of So You Want to Start a Nursery


Corpse flower

dutchman’s pipe


Pigtail plant

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