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Positively humongous flowers, usually much bigger than a human.

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Jubileus57 on May 27th 2018 at 12:02:08 PM
Last Edited By:
Jubileus57 on Jun 2nd 2018 at 1:40:43 PM
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Much bigger than your average begonia.

In Real Life, flowers rarely are bigger than a few decimeters tall, the biggest ones being the rafflesia, which can reach 1 meter in diameter (3,3ft) and the titan arum, whose inflorescence is the tallest in the world, reaching more than 3 meters high.However, in fiction, blossoms can be much taller than that. Many reasons can explain the use of those behemothic flowers:

  • They can convey an alien and otherworldy flair to an atmosphere, just like its Fungus Humongous sister trope.
  • These giant flowers can be quite effective at adding at a magical, even fairytale background especially with the strong association of flowers with love, beauty and magic.
  • Them giant blossoms can also fit in a dense jungle-like biome, they tallness reflecting the triumph of plant life.
  • At last, they can be there simply to bring in the Scenery Porn.

Note that normal-sized flowers that appear big because the protagonist are very puny aren't covered by this trope. Compare Fungus Humongous for its fungal equivalent, which is albeit less prone to be used to add a whimsical atmosphere. See also Fantastic Flora, which groups all the tropes about unusual plant life.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

  • In the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode "The Flower Plot", Whispy Woods has the fortune of having a flower grow right in front of him, which he names Lovely. However, King Dedede transforms Lovely into a monster. Like in the video games, Lovely deceives others with her adorable face. Unlike the games, she goes One-Winged Angel and tries to suck the life out of Whispy.
  • In One Piece, before and during the Time Skip, Usopp is trapped in a strange forest island with only a man named Heracles keeping him company. Then the "island" suddenly folds itself - and the island is revealed to actually be a giant carnivorous flower. With the help of Heracles, Usopp managed to survive there for 2 years.

Comic Strip

  • This Garfield strip has Garfield walking next to a daisy almost twice his size without batting an eye. According to the cat, it really had rained a lot.

Films - Live Action

Literature

Music

  • "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles has two passages of towering flowers, such as "cellophane flowers of yellow and green, towering over your head..." and "everyone smiles as your drift past the flowers that grow so incredibly high..."

Tabletop Games

  • Dungeons & Dragons module EX2 The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror, which is based on Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass. The Player Characters will encounter a flowerbed filled with 10 foot tall versions of normal flowers. The flowers are magical, not just because of their size, but because they can talk, have petals made of precious metals and huge jewels for eyes.
  • Gamma World module GW6 Alpha Factor. In the area around Mindkeep, there are multiple areas with flowers up to 20 meters high, including the Rainbow Forest (petunias), Ice Forest (daisies), Fire Forest (snapdragons) and Rose Fields. The giant plants are mutations caused by the nightmarish effects that reduced the planet to an After the End setting.

Video Games

  • In Banjo-Kazooie, in Click Clock Wood, Kazooie must lay eggs into a hole in Spring to plant a seed. As the plant grows, Banjo and Kazooie must water it in Summer and Autumn by Beak-Busting Gobi so he will spit his water out at the plant. When the plant is fully watered, it is revealed to be a massive flower that blooms to reveal a Jiggy inside. To the get to the top of the flower, Banjo and Kazooie must jump off the Zubbas' Hive a third of the way up the massive tree the level takes place in.
  • Bayonetta 2's resident floral demon Alraune can summon giant demonic flowers that can spit sticky goo on Bayonetta, immobilizing her for a short time.
  • In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, the giant plant Dreamstalk is topped with an equally giant flower. In the climax, the Big Bad Queen Sectonia merges with said flower as her One-Winged Angel.
  • The Sunflower in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one big sunflower. It seems at least four times as big as the rest of the main cast.
  • The wooded Realm of the Fay in Miitopia is some sort of Macro Zone covered with ridiculously tall plants, and the Lotus Lake located in the middle of it features gigantic glowing pink lotus flower to bring in the Scenery Porn.
  • Minecraft:
    • The third-party mod Biomes O' Plenty introduces the Garden or Flower Island biome which spawns with giant versions of the dandelion and poppy flowers replacing trees, in addition to large quantities of more conventional flowers.
    • The Flowercraft mod is entirely themed around this concept. Its main addition to the game is the Phantasia biome, distinguished by titanic versions of the regular flowers — both ones from the base game such as dandelions, tulips and daises and new ones original the mod such as thistles, foxgloves and gentians — towering over fields of regular blooms. These flowers, in fact, are actually substantially taller than most trees in the game. The giant blooms can either spawn naturally as part of the new biome or be created from regular flowers by using a special kind of bone meal. A few flowers are fairly unusual compared to typical giant flowers, most notably the orchids, which are bent double and whose blooms almost touch the ground, and "blowballs", which are giant versions of dandelion seedheads.
  • In Starbound, giant flower biomes have been a feature since the earliest versions, but not always in the same locations. Earlier versions had giant flowers in the "toxic swamp" mini-biome that could appear even on low difficulty planets, while the current version has the giant flower mini-biome that can appear on jungle planets.
  • Sunless Skies:
    • Perhaps the biggest flower of them all is the one on which Titania is built. Yes, it is big enough for an entire town to be built on top of it. From above it is approximaively two dozen of times the size of the player's ship.
    • There is also the verdant Leadbeater and Stainrod's Nature Reserve, which is built in a lush and verdant if threatening area of the Reach, which features among other giant tubular flowers.
  • The regular sunflowers in Super Mario Sunshine are already rather big, but the Great Sunflower takes it much further, being several times as big as Mario.
  • In Yoshi's Island, when Yoshi hits certain ? Clouds, the clouds will reveal a sunflower seed. When the seed hits the ground, it will grow into a giant sunflower, and Yoshi must climb to the top of it by jumping on its leaves.

Webcomics

  • In Homestuck, winning Sburb causes the planet Skaia to germinate a new universe, during which time its surface blooms with lily pads large enough to see from outer space.

Western Animation

  • In Dragon Tales, among the many unusual plants found in Dragon Land are dande-lions, otherwise normal dandelions the height of a person — and which also roar like real lions.
  • In the 1966 The Lone Ranger cartoon, in the episode "Forest of Death", a Mad Scientist has created a large variety of dangerous, mutant plants. One of these is a carnivorous bloom large enough to eat a grown man.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Three's A Crowd", Discord claims to have contracted an illness called the Blue Flu, which can only be cured by brewing a tisane out of the petals of a type of daisy growing at the very edges of Equestria. When Twilight and Cadance arrive at the daisy's location, they discover a little detail Discord left out: the flower is a good couple of stories tall, with a stem the girth of a good-sized tree trunk and petals big enough to completely cover a pony they fall on top of.
    • At the end of "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?", after having overcome an entity that twisted her dreams into nightmares, Luna dreams of enjoying a peaceful, untroubled night's sleep beneath a tree bearing giant, softly glowing blossoms wider than the bed she sleeps on, in the middle of a surreal nighttime dreamscape full of other phosphorescent plants and mushrooms, all of enormous size.
  • In the first episode of Planet Sheen, Sheen is asked to fight a fearsome beast. He is shown a picture of it and sees that it's dwarfed by a flower and agrees to fight it. Later on, he starts to reconsider when he finds the flower and it's as tall as a redwood.
  • During the Steven Universe episode "Jungle Moon", when Stevonne is trapped on the eponymous moon all the the trees on it more closely resemble giant flowers rather than earth trees.

Feedback: 24 replies

May 27th 2018 at 12:10:56 PM

  • Steven Universe: During the episode "Jungle Moon", when Stevonne is trapped on the eponymous moon all the the trees on it more closely resemble giant flowers rather than earth trees.

May 27th 2018 at 2:35:01 PM

May 28th 2018 at 2:16:33 AM

Tabletop Games

  • Dungeons And Dragons module EX2 The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror, which is based on Lewis Carroll's Through The Looking Glass And What Alice Found There. The Player Characters will encounter a flowerbed filled with 10 foot tall versions of normal flowers. The flowers are magical, not just because of their size, but because they can talk, have petals made of precious metals and huge jewels for eyes.
  • Gamma World module GW6 Alpha Factor. In the area around Mindkeep, there are multiple areas with flowers up to 20 meters high, including the Rainbow Forest (petunias), Ice Forest (daisies), Fire Forest (snapdragons) and Rose Fields. The giant plants are mutations caused by the nightmarish effects that reduced the planet to an After The End setting.

May 28th 2018 at 6:58:37 AM

In the first episode of Planet Sheen, Sheen is asked to fight a fearsome beast. He is shown a picture of it and sees that it's dwarfed by a flower and agrees to fight it. Later on, he starts to reconsider when he finds the flower and it's as tall as a redwood.

May 28th 2018 at 7:23:44 AM

"Flowering"? I know it's to Rhyme On A Dime, but it sounds weird. Towering Flower also has the same melody and makes more sense.

May 28th 2018 at 7:28:37 AM

Music

  • From "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles:
    Cellophane flowers of yellow and green, towering over your head

May 28th 2018 at 7:30:22 AM

^^ I'm trying to come up with a better pun xD

May 28th 2018 at 6:56:54 PM

Videogames

  • Minecraft: In the third-party mod Biomes O' Plenty, the Garden or Flower Island biome spawns with giant versions of the dandelion and poppy flowers replacing trees, in addition to large quantities of more conventional flowers.

Western Animation

  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Three's A Crowd", Discord claims to have contracted an illness called the Blue Flu, which can only be cured by brewing a tisane out of the petals of a type of daisy growing at the very edges of Equestria. When Twilight and Cadance arrive at the daisy's location, they discover a little detail Discord left out: the flower is a good couple of stories tall, with a stem the girth of a good-sized tree trunk and petals big enough to completely cover a pony they fall on top of.
    • At the end of "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?", after having overcome an entity that twisted her dreams into nightmares, Luna dreams of enjoying a peaceful, untroubled night's sleep beneath a tree bearing giant, softly glowing blossoms wider than the bed she sleeps on, in the middle of a surreal nighttime dreamscape full of other phosphorescent plants and mushrooms, all of enormous size.

As for names, perhaps Looming Bloom? Blooms that Loom?

May 28th 2018 at 4:13:18 PM

So, 'cause no one got the hint. "How is this connected to Fantastic Flora?"

Super tall plants are automatically strange? Strange Skyscraper Sprouts?

May 28th 2018 at 4:56:15 PM

^ Found a couple examples on Fantastic Flora:

Western Animation

  • Dragon Tales: Among the many unusual plants found in Dragon Land are dande-lions, otherwise normal dandelions the height of a person — and which also roar like real lions.
  • In the 1966 The Lone Ranger cartoon, in the episode "Forest of Death", a Mad Scientist has created a large variety of dangerous, mutant plants. One of these is a carnivorous bloom large enough to eat a grown man.

Broadly speaking, I do agree that this needs some expansion on how this is used narratively. Using Fungus Humongous as a model, there's oversized plants being used to convey the alien nature of a place — which is mentioned in the description here, although some extra detail could be useful. Looking at the examples here, I think I can spot a couple of loose trends:

  • One, giant flowers seem to be associated with fairylands, dream worlds and other "good-aligned" or whimsical magical places/otherworlds (the D&D example, the dream example from MLP that I proposed), sort of a counterpart to Fungus Humongous being used to show a place being strange and alien or corrupted. Secondly, they also seem associated with areas or events to do with lush plant growth (the Garfield and Sunless Skies examples — if I remember right, the city in a flower is found in an area overgrown lush and jungle-like plant life).
  • Two, Scenery Porn when connected with the above. Flowers are pretty, and if you want to make beautiful scenery and make a place seem alien or magical in a good or magic/surreal but not inherently scary or off-putting way, giant flowers can be a way to do it.

May 28th 2018 at 5:10:41 PM

Video Games

  • In Yoshis Island, when Yoshi hits certain ? Clouds, the clouds will reveal a sunflower seed. When the seed hits the ground, it will grow into a giant sunflower, and Yoshi must climb to the top of it by jumping on its leaves.
  • In Banjo Kazooie, in Click Clock Wood, Kazooie must lay eggs into a hole in Spring to plant a seed. As the plant grows, Banjo and Kazooie must water it in Summer and Autumn by Beak-Busting Gobi so he will spit his water out at the plant. When the plant is fully watered, it is revealed to be a massive flower that blooms to reveal a Jiggy inside. To the get to the top of the flower, Banjo and Kazooie must jump off the Zubbas' Hive a third of the way up the massive tree the level takes place in.

May 28th 2018 at 10:25:04 PM

  • In One Piece, before and during the Time Skip, Usopp is trapped in a strange forest island with only a man named Heracles keeping him company. Then the "island" suddenly folds itself - and the island is revealed to actually be a giant carnivorous flower. With the help of Heracles, Usopp managed to survive there for 2 years.

May 29th 2018 at 2:34:48 PM

Literature

  • The Neverending Story: Horok, Xayide the witch's hand-shaped castle, is surrounded by a forest of orchids taller than a man — orchids that also happen to be carnivorous, thus serving as a first layer of protection around her lair.

Also a sub-bullet for Minecraft:

  • The Flowercraft mod is entirely themed around this concept. Its main addition to the game is the Phantasia biome, distinguished by titanic versions of the regular flowers — both ones from the base game such as dandelions, tulips and daises and new ones original the mod such as thistles, foxgloves and gentians — towering over fields of regular blooms. These flowers, in fact, are actually substantially taller than most trees in the game. The giant blooms can either spawn naturally as part of the new biome or be created from regular flowers by using a special kind of bone meal. A few flowers are fairly unusual compared to typical giant flowers, most notably the orchids, which are bent double and whose blooms almost touch the ground, and "blowballs", which are giant versions of dandelion seedheads.

May 30th 2018 at 9:41:28 AM

May 30th 2018 at 1:01:42 PM

Video Games

  • In Starbound, giant flower biomes have been a feature since the earliest versions, but not always in the same locations. Earlier versions had giant flowers in the "toxic swamp" mini-biome that could appear even on low difficulty planets, while the current version has the giant flower mini-biome that can appear on jungle planets.

May 30th 2018 at 1:27:16 PM

May 31st 2018 at 9:01:43 AM

This also doesn’t count tall flowering trees of a normal size for their species.

May 31st 2018 at 11:32:49 AM

  • "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles has two passages of towering flowers, such as "cellophane flowers of yellow and green, towering over your head..." and "everyone smiles as your drift past the flowers that grow so incredibly high..."

May 31st 2018 at 11:36:24 AM

  • In Homestuck, winning Sburb causes the planet Skaia to germinate a new universe, during which time its surface blooms with lily pads large enough to see from outer space.

Jun 1st 2018 at 9:30:31 AM

I voted in the Name Crowner.

Jun 1st 2018 at 10:04:55 AM

^Thank you.

If the direction doesnt change by tomorrow I'll launch it as Towering Flower since it has gathered the most votes

Jun 1st 2018 at 7:32:38 PM

If it's about giant flowers, I don't think "towering" is apt. The One Piece example for one is just above the sea water's surface.

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