Join us for the next Wicked Plants Day on Saturday, March 18! More info»

January 28 – May 29

Discover the evildoers of the plant world lurking in your own backyard and beyond! Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, the exhibition gives visitors a hands-on experience with some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals – without the risk of intoxication, addiction, dismemberment or other general danger.

Highly interactive and immersive, this exciting exhibition uses an open-ended learning style centered on health care and wellness allowing visitors to weigh the risks of utilizing a specific plant or plant derivative. Visitors of all ages will be introduced to the actual bio-chemical, physical and neurological process between plants and the human body.

Please note: Some content may not be suitable for children under 12.

Exhibition Highlights:

  • Warning Signals
    Many plants and animals have evolved warning signs as defense mechanisms to other creatures. This interactive Victorian cabinet contains plants, animals, insects and humans that defend themselves with bad odors, annoying noises, bright colors, weaponry, and bright bold patterns.
  • Maim Your Brain
    Five interactive computers feature plants with known brain altering qualities. Random experiences and personalized quizzes allow visitors to explore the potential risk and unpredictable outcomes associated with using plants derivatives.
  • Survival!
    It’s a chance to play mad scientist in the potions laboratory! Deduce how various plants have adapted to threats in their environments by creating your own plants by selecting adaptive defenses to ensure your survival.
  • Stinky Stations
    Visitors will discover that plants don’t always smell sweet when they take a whiff of the five sniffing stations. There are varieties of plants that emit foul odors to deter predators. From skunk to rotting meat to wet dog, the odors that these plants have evolved make them the most unappealing of prey.

Wicked Plants: The Exhibit was created by The North Carolina Arboretum, and is funded by the North Carolina Arboretum Society and the Creel-Harison Foundation.

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