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

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 featuGardeners 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.
Bizarre Botanicals How to Grow String of Hearts Jack in the Pulpit Panda Ginger and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants 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 Botanica

  • Title: Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants
  • Author: Larry Mellichamp Paula Gross
  • ISBN: 9781604690767
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants”

    1. If you want to get out of your gardening comfort zone, look for this book. It features, as advertised, unusual and bizarre plants.Chapters are Carnivorous plants, Ferns & fern allies, Flamboyant flowers, Love plants (heart-shaped leaves, etc.), Odd inflorescences, Weird leaves, The plant zoo [check out the cuckoo flower (Impatiens niamniamensis), goldfish plant, & bat-faced cuphea], Prickly plants (including the monkey puzzle tree & wing-thorn rose), Orchids (see the medusa orchid), [...]

    2. I spotted this book at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and was interested. I was basically expecting a sort of photo tour of some weird plants. And I did get that. The photography was especially beautiful. I was surprised to discover that it's actually pitched towards the home gardener interested in growing these strange plants themselves. As such, virtually everything in here is commercially available, if difficult to grow. I have no intention of growing anything, because I have the exact oppos [...]

    3. Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-Of-Hearts, Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants by Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross (Timber Press 2010)(635.9)(with a Forward by Tony Avent of Plant Delights of Raleigh,NC) is one cool gardening book! The text is paired with beautiful photographs. The plants' difficulty of culture is rated on a scale of one to three from easiest to most tricky. At least one of the plants described here is a volunteer in my own Zone 6b garde [...]

    4. 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 plant left me wanting more. There were plenty of plants I recognized, and several that I've grown- and for those, the cultivation notes seemed right on. The tone is folksy and accessible- it read at a middle-grade level. If I were a school librarian, I'd be certain to buy this book.

    5. Lots of great plants to want to own in this book! All the plants featured have growing tips and a write up about them. They label each plant with a difficulty rating from 1 to 3 so you have some idea if the plant will be difficult to maintain. Hardiness zoning is based in USDA hardiness zones and they do recommend if a plant is better suited for outdoors or indoors. All and all this book contains some interesting plants and would be a good buy for plant enthusiasts.

    6. 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 rating, indoor vs. outdoor light, hardiness, moisture and growing medium. I mostly ignored the growing tips and enjoyed reading about these unusual plants.

    7. LOVED this book! Was full of awesome color photos and lots of info on a wonderful variety of very odd, unique, and interesting plants. Some I had heard of, most I had not, but all I learned about. They even tell you how to make them a part of your garden or home! If you are into plants and gardens and also into plants for their uniqueness and not just beauty, this is the book for you!

    8. After visiting the UNCC greenhouses, I was eager to get my hands on this book full of the unusual botanicals we saw on our trip. Beautiful and strange species that can be cultivated by daring gardeners. On the lookout for a String of Hearts now!

    9. This is a fabulous book with really interesting photos of botanicals so interesting as to seem unreal. Great instructions and photography.

    10. Some very very cool plants in this book - many can be grown as houseplants and the book gives a "difficulty" rating to growing the plant.

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