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Appetite for Distraction: Don’t delve too deeply into the secret life of plants

Beware the pitfalls of ascribing human characteristics to the flora in your house

12th January, 2020
“I felt the power of the jolly green giant coursing through my fingers”. Picture: Getty

I’ve anthropomorphised my plants, and it’s become a problem. I’ve unwittingly given them personalities and backstories, and I’m convinced I’m slowly but surely murdering each and every one of them.

I was never much of a plant person. I had, of course, acquired various houseplants over the years and promptly killed them. I purchased a venus fly-trap with glee for a student flat, but then...

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