The first ever comprehensive account of the historical and
present-day uses of wild plant species in Ireland. It records a wealth of traditional knowledge about Irish plant use,
knowledge that has been disappearing fast. More than 1500 wild plants are detailed in a systematic list, which gives
both their Irish and English names. Many historical references have been included from a wide range of Irish literature.
This lively and scholarly book shows how plants have been used in virtually every aspect of human life in Ireland: food,
clothes, medicine, construction, drinks, veterinary medicine, human health and beauty, and even death. The book is
richly illustrated with photographs, as well as botanical paintings by Irish artist Lydia Shackleton (1828–1914). Its blend
of scientific and historic facts with myths, superstition and tales offers an unrivalled account of the rich heritage of Irish
Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson is President and Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis and George Engelmann
Professor of Botany at Washington University, St Louis. He formerly held positions as Secretary General of Botanic
Gardens Conservation International, based at Kew in London, and as the Director of the National Botanic Gardens in
Glasnevin, Ireland, before moving to his present position in 2010. He holds a degree in botany and a PhD from Trinity
College Dublin and has published widely on Irish botany, botanic gardens and plant conservation.