There are thousands of deadly plants out there, but some are particularly villainous. It’s the plants that “you don’t want to meet in a dark alley” that made it into best-selling gardening author Amy Stewart‘s latest book, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities. According to Stewart, “wicked plants” include plants that “have been used as a murder weapon, plants that are illegal or immoral, plants that have started wars, plants that inflict pain, and plants that are badly behaved — they explode, they burst into flames, they smell terrible or destroy other plants in particularly diabolical ways.” Only those plants with back stories and body counts made the cut, and this sounds so deliciously terrifying that I must read it immediately. Let the killer algae nightmares begin! –Sarah C.