Plants Go to War: A Botanical History

of World War II  is now available!

Order from Amazon or

directly from McFarland.


"In this impressively researched exploration, esteemed ethnobotanist Sumner takes a scholarly yet totally accessible approach to the myriad ways plant materials were critical to both Allied and Axis war efforts. With balanced attention to domestic sacrifices and ingenuity, Sumner's astonishing discoveries make this a fascinating read for botany buffs and those steeped in military history."  --Booklist

"A unique blend of botanical and military history...Plants Go to War is an original and meticulous study that is as informed and informative as it is accessibly organized and reader-friendly in presentation."

--Midwest Book Review.

"Unique...In all our years of experience with books about World War II, never have we seen one quite like this, newly published, a big, serious study of the subject."  -- Stone and Stone

Plants Go to War  review by Mark Plotkin in HerbalGram


Plants Go to War  review  from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries


Plants Go to War interview and review in theYale Journal of Biology and Medicine 


Plants Go to War  feature article in The Times of Israel


Review of Plants Go to War  in  The Herb Society of America blog

Judith was recently interviewed by Marcus Smith, host of Constant Wonder.


Judith was recently interviewed on the Progessive Radio Network.

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