Does your fantasy fiction character need to cast spells, be healed, set traps, or avoid being poisoned? Go beyond chamomile tea and poison hemlock! Enrich your novel with deeper research and greater flora wisdom. There is so much more mystery hidden in the natural world waiting for you to weave into your story from exploding bushes to trees that grow poison daggers. Here are a few favorite book resources to get you started:
In Craft of the Wild Witch by Poppy Palin, you'll be taken into her world of
And more. And the illustrations!
With Wicked Plants: The weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities by Amy Stewart, you discover not only which plants can cause harm, (including poison daggers from trees and exploding shrubs,) but your character can be alert to what the sinister one is up to by noticing the grounds around the sinister one's dwelling -- because this book also describes how these plants are cultivated. Etchings and other illustrations.
On the nicer side, in The Herbal Alchemist's Handbook, you'll find more than 150 herbs with many recipes for rituals and spells that provide such desirables as protection, healing, finding the gold (prosperity), enhancing psychic powers and so on. If your fantasy story calls for the addition of astrological influences on the power of the herbs (which includes roots, leaves, resins, etc.), that's here also. Written by a long established and formally educated herbologist and practitioner of "magick."