I really enjoyed Amy Stewart's The Earth Moved and Flower Cofidential, so I was really looking forward to Wicked Plants.
It's a lovely series of beautifully illustrated entries--think old herbals--with fascinating tidbits about, well, wicked plants: Plants that are poisonous, irritating, invasive, or all of the preceding.
It's also a book that had me calling a friend to warn her that some of the cuttings I gave her recently were poisonous, and she probably ought to warn her kindergarten age son of that fact. He probably already knows better than to eat plants, of course, she's a perfectly competent individual, but the stories of adults munching on various berries they found by the wayside had me spooked.
Anyway, spookedness aside, I enjoyed the book.
I admit to being a little disappointed that it is more of an encyclopedia than a full book (What is the word for a "regular chapter book" in non-fiction? The fiction equivalent is "short story" vs. "novel," but I can't think of the word I want!) simply because I miss the personalities and the flow of the other two books, but, then I also prefer novels to short stories. And the illustrations are gorgeous.
I still need to read From the Ground Up. Probably I should put it on hold.