Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross possess a passion for plants. They work at UNC Charlotte’s McMillan Greenhouse, and is specifically inspired by the wild world of exotic plants. They felt others could benefit from learning about funny flora. Their book, Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants (Timber Press, $24.95) features more than 75 of these captivating and unique plants that are both fascinatingand sometimes freaky. Paula tells us more:Is Bella in the book? (That’s the greenhouse’s rare and celebrated titan arum known for her stinky scent): Yes, Bella is pictured twice, since she is practically a poster-child for Bizarre plants.What is the most satisfying thing about caring for plants? Seeing them change and thrive - which sounds a lot like how parents feel about their children.The New York Times described parts of your book as "seductive.” Well, certainly some of the plants are seductive, indeed. The pitcher plants lure insects with colors, light patches and scents. Flowers are all about seduction, attraction.
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Find Bizarre Botanicals at local bookstores and at www.timberpress.com. See more about the UNCC Botanical Gardens at http://gardens.uncc.edu.