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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 less concealed from 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 Person, Plant Aliens, and Planimal, who probably have this. Sometimes occurs in Weird Beard form.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Asian Animation 
  • Dhokla from Simple Samosa has a big leaf of coriander for hair. Justified as real-life dishes of dhokla (an Indian food) are usually garnished with coriander. At the end of the episode "Hair Today Gone Tomorrow", Dhokla tries a multitude of other plant hair styles, including some especially silly ones like a pineapple and a venus flytrap.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • Batman: Poison Ivy usually has long red hair, but Tim Sale draws her with masses of ivy vines instead of hair.
    • Green Lantern: The Green Lantern of Sector 586, Medphyll, is from a species of one-eyed humanoid Plant Aliens who have a mass of leaf covered vines in place of hair.
    • In Wonder Woman (2011) Demeter's "hair" appears to actually be leaves.
    • In Wonder Woman (1942) the Rykornian Plant Aliens' "hair" is very clearly based on corn-silk.
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    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 
  • In The Book of the New Sun, Severian goes sees a festival sideshow that supposedly has a future-telling plant man. Much to Severian's surprise, there is a indeed a Green Man. After a moment of silence Severian 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 Severian that he is not a plant.
  • City of Glass: When Helen Blackthorn is first introduced as a background character, her hair is described as being made of flowers.
  • Discworld: Trolls, being made of rock, often cultivate lichen on their heads.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Both the original book and the film adaptation 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.
  • Treasure In The Heart Of The Tanglewood: 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 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Arduin: Perrinites are a crossbreed between elves and dryads that have plants and flowers where their hair should be.

    Video Games 
  • Guild Wars 2: The Sylvari 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 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.
  • Cetrion, the Elder Goddess of Nature, Light, and Virtue in Mortal Kombat 11, has large green leaves growing from her head, giving her an Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance.
  • 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.
  • Starbound: The Florans, vicious and cannibalistic Plant Aliens, 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.
  • In Super Mario Sunshine, the piantas have palm trees on their heads.
  • 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.

    Webcomics 
  • Huckleberry's eponymous protagonist is a Plant Person with a full head of leaves. They occasionally molt like feathers.

    Western Animation 
  • Darkwing Duck: The plant-themed villain Bushroot has a large tuft of flower-like foliage instead of hair.

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