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[[caption-width-right:349:Whoa, look at the size of those dandelions! Never seen anything like those in real life.]]

In real life, plants are important in nature. They provide oxygen, pollen for bees, food for herbivores and they make your garden look nice.

In fiction, however, things can get much more diverse and much, much stranger. Fantasy and sci-fi writers like to create their own unique plants with bizarre appearances and properties. Some may be [[ManEatingPlant carnivorous]], [[AlienKudzu fast-growing]], [[MadeOfExplodium explosive]], [[SpringCoil springy]], [[IncendiaryExponent fiery]], or even [[PlantPerson sentient]].

You get the idea. They're ''very'' strange plants. They may be [[AWizardDidIt magic]] or found on alien planets or in other dimensions. If someone can [[GreenThumb control these things]] watch out.

In some cases, they don't have to be any particularly wild properties, and are more or less just analogues for real plants or fruit, but they're still [[CallARabbitASmeerp called something fantastic]].

* AlienKudzu
* FantasticFruitsAndVegetables
* FesteringFungus
* FoulFlower
* FungusHumongous
* GardenGarment
* GrowsOnTrees
* HealingHerb
* MagicMushroom
* ManEatingPlant
* MeatMoss
* MultipurposeMonoculturedCrop (some examples)
* MushroomMan
* PlantAliens
* {{Planimal}}
* PlantMooks
* PlantPerson
* PumpkinPerson
* WhenTreesAttack
* WiseTree
* WorldTree



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** The IQ plants, which stimulate evolution in animals that eat it. [[EvilutionaryBiologist Dr Indigo]] used them to create [[PsychoSerum SIQ]].
** Some of Usopp's Pop Greens become very bizarre plants such as a bush that grows into a wolf and the bulb releases a ''3 meter diameter shock wave''.
* ''Manga/HellstarRemina'' is covered in this and it all wants to murder you. [[PlanetEater Much like]] [[DeathWorld the rest]] [[GeniusLoci of the]] [[EldritchLocation planet.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/ToothAndClaw'' there are "mineral gardens" where plants made of stone and metal somehow grow. Their 'flowers' appear to be gemstones.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/ItsADangerousBusinessGoingOutYourDoor'': Magivascular plants, a small group of plants that have a secondary vascular system that draws magic instead of nutrients or water, resulting in innately magical organisms. Examples include the beneviolet (a very powerful HealingHerb) and the canon plant poison joke (a flowering weed that causes a random, sadistically humorous transformation in whoever touches it).

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', the [[spoiler:Night Howlers ability to induce savagery in any animal]] is central to the plot. The flowers are [[spoiler:distilled into a PsychoSerum that is used to target predators which allows Bellwether to rise in power]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In a Czech movie ''Film/AdeleHasntHadHerDinnerYet'', the villainous Gardener grew many fantastic plants: A flower with human-like eyes that sheds tears; a flower with pollen that makes people freeze on spot immediately; a rose that can pour tea from a pot to cups, or cut its own rosebud with a pair of scissors and give it to a lady as a present. He also cultivated fast-sprouting beans used to rob apartments or a rose that puts ladies into deep sleep, used to invoke a very sinister scheme. The highlight of his devilish greenhouse is a carnivorous plant Adele that eats sausages, mice, dogs and people.
* In ''Film/BigTopPeeWee'' the title character is cultivating a hot dog tree, which is technically a bush, but does somehow grow hot dogs. Halfway through the movie he makes a mistake and the hot dogs shrink, giving him one that grows cocktail wieners.

* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', there are various fantastic plants, such as the mandrake roots that look like human beings and can kill people with their cry, the [[spoiler:gillyweed, that helps Harry breathe underwater]], and the Mimbletonia, Neville's pet plant.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the world of Roshar is entirely dominated by the massive Highstorms, violent hurricanes which every few days scour the land to bare rock. In the face of this, Roshar's vegetation has become more analogous to coral or sea anenomes than terrestrial vegetation, extending leaves or tendrils when the weather is fair and then retracting them when danger threatens. For another example, the main food grain of Roshar is something called lavis, which, instead of growing a head of grain the way terrestrial grain does, possesses a head-sized shell of stone-like substance within which the grains grow, suspended in a sand-like medium.
* The ''Aralorn'' Series by Patricia Briggs mentions the coralis tree that attracts butterflies with its blossoms, then closes the petals above them, and digests them.
* Unusual plants play a large part in the adventures in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'', thanks in part to Sticky's particular talent for recognizing the obscure plants he's read about in his books. In the original ''The Mysterious Benedict Society'' book, he discovers the traps on Nomansan Island thanks to them being hidden by drapeweed, a rare shade loving type of ivy. Later, it's Sticky's having spotted a patch of "wild chuck-root" (Euphorbia upchucuanhae) that helps the group in their plans, when they use it to give a bellyache to pretty much everyone in the Institute so that Reynie and Sticky can get their turns in the Whisperer sooner. The second book, ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'', is itself focused largely around Mr. Benedict and his evil twin's attempts to acquire another rare plant, duskwort, which has the potential to cure their narcolepsy when mixed when other substances. In its normal form, however, it's an extremely potent plant that, when burned, releases smoke that can put entire villages to sleep, but it only thrives under very specific conditions. However, it it easily overtaken by thwart-wort, a clever mimic that looks just like it, but has none of the same useful chemical properties.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' has the Heaven's Mirror, a flower that hides in its buds during the daylight and releases it all in a brilliant display at exactly 2 A.M. in the morning, symbolic of the playable character Polka, and the time of death of the famous real-life composer and playable character Frederic Chopin. There's also the Simile flower, which only blooms with water from Simile Spring, but wilts if you water it with regular water.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has the Sopheria flower, which Sophie is named after. When it blooms, its seeds glow a bright pink and rise into the air spontaneously.
* The Deep Jungle world of [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the first]] Franchise/KingdomHearts game has an area with flowers that change color depending depending on which spell is cast on them. They turn black if Heartless are nearby and disintegrate if they stay there. You also have to destroy a giant bluish fruit that was apparently attracting Heartless. Wonderland has flowers that drop improved items if you give them a specific item and plants that summon treasure chests if you cast Thunder on them. The [[Franchise/KingdomHearts series]] also has Heartless based on plants.
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' has several examples early on. Each stage -- excluding the HubLevel -- is a surreal MentalWorld tailored to a different character's personality, leading to oddities like a military-themed level with plants made from dogtags and barb wire.
* One of the Ages in ''VideoGame/MystIIIExile'' consists of a gigantic hollow tree which hosts loads of examples of this trope, including [[OrganicTechnology plants that act like ladders, sun-focusing lenses, water pipes, trapeze lines, and an elevator.]]
* The Sun, a genetically created plant from ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead III''.
* The Cyclops Plant boss in ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'' is a giant plant with "jaws" that houses and protects a large laser-shooting, slime-dripping eye ball that serves [[GoForTheEye as its main body]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "Bridle Gossip", the "leaves of blue" Zecora tried to warn the Mane Six about turn out to be the source of their strange conditions in the second half of the episode, and not any supposed "curse". The leaves belong to a patch of Poison Joke, a plant which causes humorous, often ironic afflictions on those who come in contact with it.
** In "Family Appreciation Day", the older members of the Apple family are busy preparing to harvest Zap Apples, a magical variety of apple tree that only grows its rainbow-colored fruit, used to make Sweet Apple Acres' famous Zap Apple Jam, after a series of ominous signs (including a lightning storm and swarms of crows).
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' had dragonberries, which all of the characters loved eating. Also, Dragon Land is loaded with unusual plants in general-- the third season story "A Small Victory" features all of the main characters (and guest Lorca) searching for unusual flowers. The plants seen on the page picture are dande-lions, which can roar like real lions, but otherwise are basically just extremely large dandelions.
* ''Franchise/CareBears'':
** Both of the later incarnations, ''Adventures in Care-a-Lot'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot Welcome to Care-a-Lot]]'' have delicious bumbleberries.
** On ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins'', the jealouspikle junipers seen in "[=BFFs=]" are strange spiky purple bushes that grow when someone is feeling jealous. However, they feed off jealous energy and so if that person stops feeling jealous, they eventually go away entirely.
* Numerous in ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', including babbleberries, pompalopes, pompanuts and giggle melons. Most of these are just fantasy equivalents of real-world plants, but the giggle melons actually make you giggle when you eat them.
* "Garden Variety Pickle" on ''WesternAnimation/ToddWorld'' featured the kids in the main cast and Todd's dog Benny making an abandoned lot into a garden. They planted things such as glitter flowers, a flower that could eat rocks and a tree with several different types of dog biscuits. None of these, however, were the focus of the story. This instead, went to a small scraggly weed with no unusual properties that Pickle was caring for because he found it beautiful, the story having AnAesop about respecting how different things are beautiful to different people.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: T.U.R.N.I.P." the team fights a gigantic, tentacled, uh, turnip.
* The forgotten 1966 cartoon series of ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' made use of this in the episode "Forest of Death", in which Tonto has to go after a mad botanist who [[CattlePunk wants to conquer the West with mutant plants he's bred]]. Some of the highlights include: lilies that release clouds of deadly poison when they open, a ''literal'' strangler vine, mangrove trees with hands on their roots that try to drown victims, cacti with instant-death poison on their needles that grow to maturity in seconds, lotuses that spit barbed dart-like seedpods (which grow into new lotuses within seconds of impact), and a [[ManEatingPlant giant, carnivorous flower that almost makes a meal out of Tonto]]. Ironically, the one plant experiment he ''failed'' at was his efforts to breed a PlantPerson: his army of "treemen" turns out to be nothing but hired thugs in thick tree costumes.
* ''WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus'' has merryberries, which [=JoJo=] is [[PlotAllergy allergic]] to. Eating them causes her nose to swell and honk and her skin to turn pink and tingly. There's also the itchy ootchy scratch plants, which are basically a fast-acting fantastic flora version of poison ivy. When [[=JoJo=] and Skeebo fall into a patch of these, they start itching all over.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There have been [[http://www.solstation.com/life/a-plants.htm studies]] to guess the color of the pigments used for photosynthesis that alien plants could have depending of what kind of star their planets would be orbiting. Planets orbiting hotter stars than the Sun would have plants of red, orange, and yellow colors and those around cooler ones would have plants of darker colors, up to and including black.