Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine: The Curious Stories of 45 Amazing North American Native Plants
- 01 Nov 2016
- Storey Publishing
- 256 pages - 190 x 177 x 16mm
History, literature, and botany meet in this delightful tour of how humans have relied on plants to nourish, shelter, heal, clothe, and even entertain us. Did you know that During World War II, the US Navy paid kids to collect milkweed’s fluffy white floss, which was then used as filling for life preservers? And Native Americans in the deserts of the Southwest traditionally crafted tattoo needles from prickly pear cactus spines. These are just two of the dozens of tidbits that Tammi Hartung highlights in the tales of 45 native North American flowers, herbs, and trees that have rescued and delighted us for centuries.
From providing the material for making paper and pottery glaze to wooden canoes and alcoholic brews, plants have played a prominent, yet often overlooked role in the development of human civilisation for thousands of years. With curious facts and engaging visuals, Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour of how North American plants have come to our rescue and helped shape our culture and traditions.