I picked this book up at Barnes and Noble a while back while I was taking my Herbalism certification. I’m very interested in getting started with working with poisonous and more dangerous plants. A lot of my fellow witches dabble in this kind of deadly botany, and it is indeed something to approach with caution. You can’t just dive in and not expect to accidentally poison yourself. I personally haven’t ever handled poisonous plants, aside from the basics like Wormwood, Lobelia and such. I have a lot of respect and admiration for people who work with these deadly beauties, though. And I hope to be able to in the future.
Anyway! The book! I honestly believe that any witch or witchling should own this book. It is chock full of wonderful information, not just about the effects and scientific information about the most common and infamous plants (there is a part two of this book, I think), but they also provide lots of examples of interesting appearances throughout literature and history of the plants. The book has some beautiful etchings and artwork by Briony Morrow-Cribbs and Jonathon Rosen, respectively. The plants are listed in alphabetical order and each plant is categorized by whether it is ‘deadly’, ‘illegal’, ‘intoxicating’, ‘dangerous’, ‘destructive’, ‘painful’ and ‘offensive’.
I really value this book and hold it in high esteem. Its educational, entertaining and an incredible resource. It holds a place of honor on my witchy bookshelf and I refer to it often. As I said before, I think everyone interested in botany, plants, herbalism or green magic should own a copy, and if you are a witch you should read it at least once. Not just for the interesting facts, but also to keep yourself safe and prevent any accidents involving these ‘botanical atrocities’.