Win This: Wicked Plants Seed Collection


As some of you know, I planted a poison garden while I was working on Wicked Plants.  I’d never grown, much less seen, some of the plants in the book, and it’s just too weird to write about plants you don’t know. So I managed to come up with about 35 species that I could actually grow in my climate, in a small secluded garden, without inflicting too much harm on anyone (poison oak, for instance, was not invited).


And you know what?  Some of those plants were very pretty.  Castor bean!  Datura!  Opium poppy!  Foxglove!  Tobacco!  Lovely, really.  Not suitable as an entree, but lovely nonetheless.


So imagine my excitement when Botanical Interests offered to put those very plants together in a Wicked Plants seed collection. The impetus for this is the upcoming Wicked Plants exhibit at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers (more about that in the coming months)–this gives them a little something extra to sell in the gift shop and support their fine work.


(Botanical Interests, by the way, does a lot to support the fine work of botanical gardens. Have you seen their Botanic Garden Series in partnership with Denver Botanic Gardens?)



So.  Here, just in time for your last-minute holiday shopping:  the Wicked Plants Seed Collection.  Here’s what you get:  Datura meteloides, foxglove ‘Gloxiniiflora’ blend, Nicotiana sylvestris, two poppies (Double Peony and Hungarian Blue), and a castor bean ‘Impala’.



Oh, and let me just add–I’m not making money off this; I was just happy to see it happen so that the Conservatory would have a revenue-generator for their gift shop next year. If Botanical Interests does well with it, all the better.  And if you happen to know a shop that would like to carry the collection, have them contact Botanical Interests and make it so.


–Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants


Want to win the Wicked Plants book and the Wicked Plants Seed Collection? Just leave a comment here or on our Facebook page to enter!

39 Comments On This Post:

December 15, 2010
7:58 am
ColleenFL says...

What a great idea! This year’s garden has been killed off by freezing weather, but it is never too soon to start planning next year’s garden.

December 15, 2010
8:05 am
Jon says...

I would love to win this contest. A book and seeds ! What a great contest.

December 15, 2010
8:42 am
LifetimeReader says...

Absolutely! And I know just who to give it to…

December 15, 2010
8:45 am
Marie says...

I’d love to win this! I have a sad garden and this would be so useful!

December 15, 2010
9:05 am
Viki S. says...

This is so cool. I love the Wicked Plants idea. Have to read the book! The seeds are great too but my hubby is the one with the green thumb :).

December 15, 2010
9:28 am
Deb says...

What a splendid tie-in! I’ve grown some of these plants in the past just because they are so darn interesting. The datura at night – wow! And everybody wants to know what the castor bean is because it is so strangely beautiful. I can just imagine a bit of menace thrown in.

You’ve figured out how to combine two of the greatest passions in my life and I wish you great success with it.

December 15, 2010
9:43 am
LB Thompson says...

Your wicked plants are fantastic. I would be so excited to win. Thanks for posting.

December 15, 2010
9:48 am
Tamra Clifford says...

I love planting flowers and working in my yard, I just love the collection.

December 15, 2010
9:49 am
Mick says...

Huzzah! Wicked plants are fantastistic. Thanks.

December 15, 2010
9:49 am
Anita G says...

Coolest concept I’ve heard in a while! Having a Wicked Plants section to my garden would be awesome!!

December 15, 2010
10:07 am
Mo says...

*witchy pitch* Heeeeheeeheeeheeeheeehaha!

December 15, 2010
10:36 am
Rebecca says...

Intriguing. I’d never considered cultivating dangerous plants, but seeing what they look like in all stages of their growth could be quite educational in a survival-tactic-honing sort of way.

December 15, 2010
1:10 pm
Oliver h says...

I know that I should be writing to say that I would love to win this (which I would!), but I think my mom deserves it more! So if I win know that it would go to an even more avid gardener with something more than a windowsill to her name!

– oliver h (a former neighbor from Snug Alley)

December 15, 2010
1:49 pm
Summer says...

What a neat idea! I would love to win it. I love to work in my garden!

December 15, 2010
1:51 pm
Stef says...

My last garden failed, I would love to try again with a wicked garden! Too cool =)

December 15, 2010
1:54 pm
Jeff says...

Very cool! Great companion to a great book! :-)

December 15, 2010
2:06 pm
Deanna says...

I LOVE Nicotiana Sylvestris!!!

December 15, 2010
2:22 pm
Orchidhunter says...

‘Wicked Plants’ is such a great volume, a poison-green grimoire featuring the most malignant of Flora’s offspring. I have recommended it to all my botanically-obsessed friends. This is a wonderfully perverse accompaniment to the book.

December 15, 2010
2:36 pm
gmm says...

ooooh, so fantastic! what a great idea for the Conservatory.

December 15, 2010
2:52 pm
Tom M says...

What a great idea, and a really cool collection of seeds! And the book, too? Wow! Thanks for the chance to win these

December 15, 2010
3:38 pm
tori says...

what a lovely pairing! it would be such a cool thing to win, thank you!

December 15, 2010
3:51 pm
Molly (M) says...

Great idea! I would love to try my hand raising the plants while reading the book.

December 15, 2010
4:05 pm
Maria says...

This is a really neat idea. I love plants with a story. Amy, I reading Flower Confidential right now. What a great book. Thanks!

December 15, 2010
4:10 pm
Karyn M. Newton says...

What an interesting idea! I already have some 2011 seed catalogs at home, so this would be a welcome addition to my garden plans!

December 15, 2010
4:40 pm
Billie Brownell says...

Wow! what a great idea. This combined with a voodoo doll should do it.

December 15, 2010
5:22 pm
Amanda says...

My daughter (4) has a toddler’s fascination with all things venomous, toxic, and poisonous and when she started in on plants (a nice change from the snakes) we pulled out my copy of this and have been reading one entry a night — at dinner time! I’d love to show her the plants…. at a distance.

December 15, 2010
5:42 pm
Derek says...

I’m reading the book now. I’d love to plany some of the seeds!

December 15, 2010
7:02 pm
stone says...

. I have a garden I do for a client with a big concrete cross in the middle, I feel like it needs plants from a fantasy graveyard…
Plants like skull cap, mandrake, wolf’s bane, & salvia divornum… I still need the salvia divornum and the mandrake… Mayapple just isn’t quite the same thing… :b

Another book added to my wish list.

December 15, 2010
7:38 pm
Karen Borton says...

Hey! Maybe these are plants rabbits won’t eat??!!

December 15, 2010
8:50 pm
Jennifer W. says...

What lovely seed packs! Maybe THESE will keep away the deer and groundhogs!

December 16, 2010
11:10 am
Emily says...

I’m so happy this book is around. People should respect, not fear these “wicked plants”. The best way is to grow them and appreciate them for their uniqueness and beauty!

December 17, 2010
11:10 am
Sonia says...

Brilliant! What a fun addition to the garden. Can we win that wonderfully creepy Poe-like arrangement in the top photo, too? Moo hoo ha ha haaaaaaaa!

December 18, 2010
7:05 am
Debbie McMurry says...

Would love to win the wicked seeds! Sounds like a interesting seed contest!
Would love to read your book!

December 21, 2010
9:45 pm
Chagas says...

You could follow up with a “medicinal plants” seed contest next year! Or, possibly more intriguing, a “Pyschotropic Garden” seed collection. Great idea, I hope it continues into the future.

December 24, 2010
2:47 am
Amelia Maddox says...

I’m so happy this book is around. People should respect, not fear these “wicked plants”. The best way is to grow them and appreciate them for their uniqueness and beauty!

January 6, 2011
4:14 pm
Kevin says...

Please sign me up for the contest!! Would love to check out these “wicked plants”!! And I’m always looking for new and interesting things for my garden!! Thanks!!

February 14, 2011
12:37 pm
Deb says...

Intriguing! I would love to have such a unique garden :)

January 9, 2012
1:52 am
Bianca says...

These plants are really fantastic! The garden is splendid. I find it interesting that they are toxic, but present extreme beauty.

December 8, 2012
12:49 pm
Daniel Kesel says...

your “Wicked” books were a great and interesting read. in fact i plan to take botany when i get to college! ^.^
im a 16 yr old sophmore at POLAHS.
~Danny

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