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Three Best Movies Starring Plants

written by: Lisa Van Cleef posted: September 17, 2010


Rain is predicted for the weekend. Hurray!  We now have an excuse for lazing around in our jammies all weekend watching movies about plants. Our three favorites?

Maybe it was too much nitrogen?

The Hortiphile’s third favorite film about plants…..Little Shop of Horrors, the 1960 Roger Corman version which scared the bejesus out of us as youngsters, but is a hoot now.

It includes a character, Mrs. Hortense Feuchtwanger of the Society of Silent Flower Observers of Southern California. What’s not to love?  In fact, why wait for the rain, you can watch it right now.


Number Two

Day of the Triffids

Day of the Triffids,  the 1981 BBC version. (Another one so good they made it twice.) And you think your weeds are out of control?  Wait until you see what these evil plants are up to.

And finally, the Hortiphile’s NUMERO UNO favorite plant movie…..

Set in San Francisco, alien plants take over the world!

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (The 1978 version.  All these plant movies are so good they make them twice). Plants from outer space take over San Francisco and eventually the world. Plants dominate! Which we always knew, but this movie proves it. Directed by San Franciscan Phil Kaufman, written by the late Jack Finney of Mill Valley.

Scary, fun, lots of great local shots. We love it.

Bring on the rain! We’ve got movies to watch. 

What’s your favorite plant movie?

6 Comments to

“Three Best Movies Starring Plants”

  1. On September 17th, 2010 at 7:21 pm Buzz Says:

    “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Loved that movie even though there was very little about a tree.

  2. On September 17th, 2010 at 9:18 pm SFMarko Says:

    Always loved Little Shop of Horrors, all time favorite! But Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a great rainy day movie… Tough decision.

  3. On September 18th, 2010 at 1:43 am Victoria Says:

    Adaptation, the movie version of The Orchid Thief. Loved it!

  4. On September 18th, 2010 at 1:44 am Mike Says:

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers fo schnizzle!

  5. On September 20th, 2010 at 5:15 pm Hollywood E Says:

    ‘Dirt! the Movie’ and ‘Field of Dreams’ from back in the good old days when Kevin Costner was still cute.

  6. On October 7th, 2010 at 6:50 am phyte club katie Says:

    And don’t forget, during the rainy weekend you’ll want to keep your houseplants entertained as well:


    Wow, I had no idea!

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