Julia Morton

Julia Morton

The Queen of Poisonous Plants April 25, 1912 Today is the birthday of the author and botanist, Julia Francis McHugh Morton. A Fellow of the Linnean Society, Julia Morton was a popular expert and lecturer on plants. Julia was revered, especially for her knowledge of plant medicine and toxicity. Known as the poison-plant lady, Julia…

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April 25, 2019 A Botanist’s Hello, Zucchini Bread Day, President Truman, NPSOT, Gustavus Adolphus College, Marcus E. Jones, Julia Morton, Alice Tangerini, Windflowers, Agnes Falconer, Roger L. Williams, Garden Markers, and George H. Engleheart’s Daffodils

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Today I learned how botanists used to say “hello” to each other. In the 1800s and 1900s, a common way for botanists to introduce themselves, often from the other side of the world, was to send each other plant specimens as the foundation for developing a relationship. When it comes to friendship, plants are icebreakers,…

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