Performing Plants is a sideshow of plant phenomena and plant research lacking external or internal order to the point that it obfuscates the very subjects that it purportedly treats. The prime example is tropisms, ostensibly the subject of a single chapter. Not only is there no precise definition of the term, there is also no identification of tropistic stimuli as such, How then, is the reader to know that many of the plants thrown together in the introductory chapter are also exhibiting tropistic growth movements, as are carnivorous plants (another chapter) and those responding to electroculture (still another chapter). Neither is auxin (featured in a chapter on Plants of the Future identified as the presumed impetus for the very tropistic growth movements previously examined but not explained. What starts as a project book and becomes a sampling of recent research is never science and seldom coherent.