Wicked Plants

The North Carolina Arboretum’s popular, one-of-a-kind traveling exhibit, Wicked Plants, is inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best selling book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities. This fun-filled and family-friendly traveling exhibit gives visitors a hands-on experience with some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals, without the risk of pain, poisoning, dismemberment or death!

Through provoking, entertaining and educational interactive displays set inside a ramshackle home, Wicked Plants creates a fascinating portrait of the evil-doers that may be lurking in one’s own backyard. History, medicine, science, legend and lore are brought together to present a compendium of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm and enlighten.


Click on the links to below to access more information on the exhibit, its current tour schedule and retail merchandise.

Looking for more information about Wicked Plants or ready to book the exhibit for your venue? E-mail David Shurbutt, exhibit curator, or call 828-665-2492 x. 220.