An entertaining and fascinating journey through the poison ivy-rich world of botany, ornithology, ecology, medicine, history and horticulture (poison ivy bonsai!), written with elegance, wit and scientific depth. Anita Sanchez reveals the place of this plant in nature, promotes organic control methods over toxic synthetic herbicides (thank you!) and offers suggestions for minimizing the itch. A fascinating book to read after digesting Tao Orion's "Beyond the War on Invasive Species - A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration." Both Orion and Anita Sanchez acknowledge the important role of commonly disdained plants in disturbed ecosystems and offer suggestions for peaceful coexistence rather than waging war on these plants with toxic synthetic weed killers that further degrade the environment and, possibly, our health. -Jean English, Editor for Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener Magazine -- Jean EnglishVom Verlag:
For centuries, poison ivy has bedeviled, inconvenienced, and downright tortured the human race. In Praise of Poison Ivy explores the question of why this plant is apparently on a mission to give us humans grief, from itchy ankles to life-threatening medical emergencies. This book also examines why poison ivy targets humans, but no other species, and explains the mystery of why a privileged few are immune to its itchy consequences.
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