Plant Hair

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Pictured: a Starbound Floran, showing this very trope, Non-Mammal Mammaries, Plant Aliens, and Oddly Visible Eyebrows!

Whenever Plant People show up, they are almost guaranteed to have Plant Hair.

Plant Hair is when a character, usually a plant, has leaves, vines, flowers, and other foliage-related paraphernalia instead of hair.

This can be a Justified Trope because having leaves on top of your head makes them closer to the sun, so photosynthesis is easier. Although most of the time it just looks good. That doesn't excuse Humans with Plant Hair, when the Plant People look exactly like humans, except for their Plant Hair.

Note that the character in question doesn't have to be a plant. They just have to have foliage-related stuff instead of hair.

Compare Robot Hair and Alien Hair. See also Plant People, Plant Aliens, and Planimal, who probably have this. Sometimes occurs in Weird Beard form.


Examples

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    Anime And Manga 
  • Ibara Shiozaki from My Hero Academia has the Quirk "Vines", which manifests as her hair being thorny vines. She can control it at will, use it to restrain enemies, and detach it to form walls of vines. It also only needs water and sun to grow back, so she doesn't need to worry about getting bald.

    Comics 
  • Poison Ivy usually has long red hair, but Tim Sale draws her with masses of ivy vines instead of hair.

    Folklore and Mythology 
  • In the Welsh mythological cycle, The Mabinogion, the perfect woman Blodeuwedd is created from the flowers and growing things of the earth: her hair is effectively made of flowers. Later, for her sins and heartlessness, she is turned into the first owl and fated to haunt the night - the flowers that became human hair now mutate into feathers.

    Literature 
  • When Helen Blackthorn is first introduced as a background character in City of Glass, her hair is described as being "made of flowers".
  • Both the original book and the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings describe Ents, the tree-people, as having foliage reminiscent of hair on less cellulose-based humanoids. Treebeard is a nickname given to one of them because of the beard-like moss on his face.
  • Trolls in Discworld, being made of rock, often cultivate lichen on their heads.
  • In The Book of the New Sun, Severan goes sees a festival sideshow that supposedly has a future-telling plant man. Much to Severan's surprise, there is a indeed a Green Man. After a moment of silence Severan tries to get the conversation started, by mentioning he always imagined that a plant-man would have grass-like hair. The Green Man finally talks, correcting Severan that he is not a plant.
  • In the young-adult fantasy novel Treasure In The Heart Of The Tanglewood, protagonist Hannah has flowers and vines growing from her scalp amidst her normal human hair. As a magician, they come in handy for using in potions, but they're also a clue to her mysterious origin as a demigoddess daughter of the local Mother Nature.

    Live Action TV 
  • Jabe the Tree from the Doctor Who episode "The End of the World" is a walking tree. She has a thick lump of branches instead of hair, with flowers sticking out of them. She's also proudly displaying those Non-Mammal Mammaries.
  • Saturday Night Live had a sketch recommending chia hair for people suffering from hair loss. Hilarious in Hindsight now that chia seeds are being sold as a nutritional supplement that allegedly promotes hair growth.
  • Sid and Marty Krofft's Sigmund and the Sea Monsters has lots of seaweed on his squidlike head, as do his parents, Big Daddy Ooze and Sweet Mama Ooze, as well as his brothers, Blurp and Slurp. The styles and colors vary, but kelp-based pseudo-hair is a constant among sea monsters.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Arduin RPG, The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources. Perrinites are a crossbreed between Elves and Dryads that have plants and flowers where their hair should be.

    Video Games 
  • The Florans, vicious and cannibalistic Plant Aliens from the indie game Starbound, have Plant Hair. In fact they have all the kinds of Plant Hair mentioned in the article, including venus flytraps on their heads, to give more character creation options to people playing as them.
  • The Sylvari from Guild Wars 2 have leaves and vines instead of hair. They are sometimes Humans with Plant Hair, because some people make their Sylvari look more like an elf than a plant.
  • The Dryad NPC from the indie game Terraria may very possibly have Plant Hair, but it's hard to tell because she's so pixelated. All the details we get to see are in Fan Art.
  • In Super Mario Sunshine, the piantas have palm trees on their heads.
  • In The Sims 2 'Seasons' Expansion Pack, Sims have the potential to be transformed into Plant Sims, which in their adult state have green leaves for hair, or a large flower for toddlers. Plant Sims are also included in the 'University Life' expansion of The Sims 3 as well as the stuff pack 'Cool Kitchen Stuff' in The Sims 4.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask:
    • When in Deku form Link has yellow leaves reminiscent of his bangs.
    • The Deku Princess has a long plant ponytail, while the Deku Butler has a curly leaf mustache.
  • In WildStar, there's the Granok, giant bipedal living stone creatures. Some of the options when creating a Granok include a plant beehive, plant afro, and plant mosstache.
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