Spectacular Plants and How to Grow Them

Explore the planet’s most amazing, beautiful and plain-weird plants, and learn how to grow some of them yourself!

  • Authors: Stewart McPherson
  • ISBN: 978-1-9995811-2-1
  • Pages: 144
  • Images: 430
  • Page size:  254 x 300 mm
  • Cover format:  Hardcover
  • Publication date: February–March 2019.

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Aimed at enthralling readers in the 8–12 year old age range, Spectacular Plants and How to Grow Them showcases the world’s most bizarre, surprising, weird and wonderful plants, and reveals many that can be easily grown at home!

Spectacular Plants and How to Grow Them explores an incredible range of plants that truly defy belief: from deadly insect-eating sundews, to sensitive plants with leaves that move rapidly when touched, to flowers that look like tiny dancing people, to an Aristolochia that resembles Darth Vader.

All of the plants recommended for cultivation in this book are harmless, and most are easy, fun and fascinating to grow on the windowsill, in the conservatory, garden or the greenhouse.

Age appropriate text and more than 400 captivating images explain each plant’s adaptations and the science behind each species’ unusual traits. This work also reveals how to cultivate many of the world’s most interesting plants, allowing children to grow, at home, stinky star-fish flowers to startle their parents, or chocolate-mint plants, white strawberries and purple potatoes to surprise their friends!

Spectacular Plants and how to grow them makes plants and horticulture fun and engaging! This work will appeal to students, schools, naturalists, pet enthusiasts and all those interested in science and conservation.

This is the must-have book for budding young naturalists!

This title comprises the following chapters:


  • Carnivorous Plants:
    Venus’s Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), sundews (Drosera – many species), butterworts (Pinguicula  – many species), bladderworts (Utricularia – many species), tropical pitcher plants (Nepenthes  – many species), North American pitcher plants (Sarracenia  – many species), marsh pitcher plants (Heliamphora  – many species) and the Albany pitcher plant (Cephalotus follicularis)


  • Unbelievable Flowers
    Corpse flowers (Rafflesia arnoldii), the tailpot palm (Corypha umbraculifera),  titan arum lily (Amorphophallus titanum), world’s biggest bromeliad (Puya arnoldii), dancing-lady Orchid (Oncidium altissimum), white egret orchid (Habenaria radiata), flying duck orchid (Caleana major), monkey face orchid (Dracula simia), lady’s slipper flowers (Calceolaria fothergillii), Darth Vader Flower (Aristolochia salvadorensis), vampire flower (Dracula vampira), hot lips flower (Psychotria elata), four O’Clock flower (Mirabilis jalapa), bat flower (Tacca chantrieri), bird of paradise flower (Strelitzia reginae), lobster claw flowers (Heliconia – many species), passionflowers (Passiflora – many species), blue and black flowers (misc. species).


  • World's Smelliest Flowers
    Sweaty feet plant (Deherainia smaragdina), Rafflesia (many species), Rhizanthes (many species), Durian (many species), starfish flowers (Stapelia, Edithcolea, Huernia and Orbea – many species), dragon lily (Dracunculus vulgaris), giant arums (Amorphophallus konjac), voodoo lily (Typhonium venosum),


  • Funky Fruit and Veg
    Rainbow carrots, white strawberries, black tomatoes, purple potatoes, jewel corn, cucamelons, super-shaped watermelons, dragon fruit


  • Sensitive Plants
  • Seed flinging Sorrels (Oxalis sp.), squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium), sensitive Mimosa (Mimosa pudica), little tree plant (Biophytum sensitivum), dancing plant (Codariocalyx motorius)


  • World's Most Spectacular Plants
    Iridescent-Leaved Plants (Selaginella willdenovii, Microsorum thailandicum and Stegolepis hitchcockii), Darth Vader Begonia (Begonia darthvaderiana), airplants (Tillandsia – many species), bromeliads (many species), succulents (Lithops, Fenestraria, Titanopsis, Haworthia, Crassula, Echeveria, Sempervivum, Aloe, Euphorbia and Kalanchoe), cacti (many species), stinging tree (Dendrocnide moroides), greenhouse plants (Rheum alexandrae and Saussurea medusa), coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica), raffia palm (Raphia farinifera), elephant ear plant (Alocasia robusta), coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), bristlecone pine trees (Pinus longaeva), baobab (Adansonia digitata), Welwitschia mirabilis and Bonsai (many species).


This book complements the book World’s Most Spectacular Plants title, which is aimed at adult audiences, and the online web series of World’s Most Spectacular Plants films, to be released online soon!

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