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Bizarre Botanicals


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Dr. Larry Mellichamp is a Professor of Botany and Horticulture at the University of North Carolina where he has taught for over 30 years. Paula Gross holds a Masters in Horticulture from the University of Georgia. She also spent two years of training at Goodness Grows Nursery.


"Complete with seductive photographs and a lighthearted but substantive text." --The New York Times

"An informative and visually arresting book devoted to a dizzying array of plants not frequently found in typical American gardens. Perfect for gardeners of all levels who wish to cultivate out-of-the-ordinary plants and for armchair gardeners interested in thumbing through photographs of unusual botanicals." --Library Journal

"A must for any gardener with access to a hothouse and a desire to grow something out of the ordinary. From strange orchids to voodoo lilies, beehive-shaped ginger and honey locust, each plant includes difficulty ratings, hardiness zones, growing needs, and even height and spread." --Midwest Book Review

"A fun, easy read." --Toronto Star

"For the gardener who wants to stretch beyond the everyday into the realm of ... wicked fun." --Houston Chronicle

"If you seek entertainment while your garden sleeps, give Bizarre Botanicals a whirl." --Philadelphia Inquirer

"From carnivorous plants to orchids and succulents, this book is a beauty, even if you only marvel at the photos." --Omaha World-Herald

"A plant zoo of animal look-alikes." --San Antonio Express-News

"Bright, full-page photos add to the fascination as readers discover nature's most mysterious plants." --Our State

"Beautifully illustrated." --SciTech Book News

"This is one of the most entertaining plant books you're likely to find anywhere." --Bamboo and More

"A fun and fascinating encyclopedia of weird plants that boast such qualities as freaky displays of sex death and botanical wizardry." --Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

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