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How could such sweet and wholesome hours
Be reckoned but with herbs and flowers!
Andrew Marvell, "The Garden"

An index gathering plant-related tropes. And fungi too.

A sub-index of Tropes of Nature. Do not add flower-only, tree-only, or fruit and vegetable-only tropes here: instead, put them in their respective sub-index.


  • Alien Kudzu: A plant-like or otherwise sessile alien organism that goes invasive and quickly overwhelms Earthling environments.
  • Botanical Abomination: An Eldritch Abomination with plant-like characteristics.
  • Bullet Seed: Seeds shot in rapid succession as a form of attack.
  • Caring Gardener: Because somebody has to care for all these plants.
  • Festering Fungus: Fungi that parasitize and grow in living creatures, often to horrible effect.
  • Floral Theme Naming: People named after flowers and flower parts.
  • Four-Leaf Clover: Clovers with four leaves bring good luck.
  • Fungus Humongous: Mushrooms the size of trees.
  • Garden Garment: Dresses made of living plants.
  • Green Thumb: The ability to control plant life.
  • Know Your Vines: 'Cause you don't wanna grab the wrong one.
  • Lily-Pad Platform: Lily pads sturdy enough for people to stand on.
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  • Man-Eating Plant: Aggressive, mobile and gigantic carnivorous plants.
  • Misplaced Vegetation: Specific species of plants put in locations or environments where they have no place being.
    • All Deserts Have Cacti: Cacti appear in any and all deserts in fiction, even though real cacti only live in North America (and are invasive in Australia).
  • Mushroom House: Houses dug out of mushrooms.
  • Mushroom Man: Intelligent humanoids who resemble walking mushrooms.
  • Planimal: Chimeric plant-animal creatures.
  • Plant Aliens: When aliens are intelligent plants.
  • Plant Hair: Hair made up of leaves, vines, flowers, petals and such plant parts.
  • Plant Mooks: The Big Bad grows a crop of plant-based Mooks to send after the heroes.
  • Plant Person: Intelligent plant creatures.
  • Talking to Plants: Gardners talk to their plants out of habit or to make them grow better.
  • That Poor Plant: A nasty substance is poured into a plant pot, killing its occupant.
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  • Transflormation: People are transformed into plants.
  • Under the Mistletoe: When two people meet under a spring of mistletoe hung from the ceiling, they have to kiss.
  • Vine Swing: Swinging from tree to tree thanks to conveniently sturdy and well-placed vines.