Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants

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Timber Press, 2010 - Gardening - 283 pages
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Gardeners love tulips, lilies, and pansies -- the common, but beautiful, plants found in the average garden. But there are realms in the plant world far beyond these familiar favorites. In Bizarre Botanicals, plant experts Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross take readers on a curious botanical journey of weirdly wonderful plants that can be grown at home.

Bizarre Botanicals features over 75 astonishing plants that have extraordinary abilities -- from pyrotechnic spores that can burst into flame when ignited to flowers that lure insects to their deaths. Each plant profile includes essential care and cultivation information. A difficulty scale alerts gardeners to how easy (or difficult) it is to grow the plant at home.

There's no reason to forsake lilies and petunias. But after reading Bizarre Botanicals, gardeners will want to take a walk on the weird side and try a few of these peculiar plants for themselves.ΚΚΚ
 

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User Review  - dyeabolical - LibraryThing

This book was an interesting read and there were gorgeous photographs. The growing tips were a little sparse for a beginner. There are 2 pages of tips and then each box in the margin with a difficulty ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Lovely little collection of some seriously odd botanicals. The forward is by famous nurseryman Tony Avent, which is always a good sign. The small collection of facts about each nicely photographed ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
9
Preface and Acknowledgments
11
Introduction
15
1 Carnivorous Plants
31
2 Ferns and Fern Allies
65
3 Flamboyant Flowers and BricaBract
85
4 Love Plants
117
5 Odd Inflorescences
133
7 The Plant Zoo
167
8 Prickly Plants
191
9 Orchids
209
10 Succulents
239
Hardiness Zone Temperatures
274
Bibliography
275
Index
279
Copyright

6 Weird Leaves
151

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About the author (2010)

Larry Mellichamp is a professor of botany at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and 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 coauthored four books, including Bizarre Botanicals: Weird and Wonderful Plants You Can Grow (with Paula Gross). He is the first recipient of the B. W. Wells award for education efforts from the North Carolina Native Plant Society.

Paula Gross is the assistant director of the University of North Carolina Charlotte Botanical Gardens. She has a masters in horticulture from the University of Georgia, and teaches courses on horticulture and plant identification. In addition, she writes a periodic column on horticultural issues and provides information on gardening questions.

Tony is well known as a lecturer and garden writer and is the recipient of prestigious awards from the American Horticultural Society, the North American Rock Garden Society, and the North Carolina Association of Nurserymen. Tony Avent runs his nursery, Plant Delights, together with his wife, Michelle; they receive help from their cats Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, and Zirconia.

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