Figworts are tall, flowering plants used as scenery in the three main Pikmin games.
In Pikmin, figwort plants sport bright blue flowers. In Pikmin 2, figwort blossoms have adopted a deep pinkish hue which is thought to be the result of differing soil conditions; in fact, the color of some real-world flowering plants, bigleaf hydrangeas in particular, can vary from blue to pink/purple, depending on the acidity or alkalinity of the soil in which they grow. Although Pikmin 2 does not have the tiny black bugs from the first game, figworts may conceal larger creatures such as Doodlebugs or Unmarked Spectralids. In certain above-ground and cave locations, such as the Wistful Wild and White Flower Garden, dead or dormant figworts can be seen, possessing pale or red-orange leaves and without flowers. In Pikmin 3, only the blue figwort plant appears.
“This plant offers an excellent example of a non-native species introduced into the ecosystem by some unknown method. Upon introduction, it quickly established a foothold and adapted to the new habitat. This plant's distinct flowers usually exhibit a stunning blue color in early spring, but recent fieldwork has recorded specimens displaying a deep red hue. Although this may represent a sudden deviation in genetics of the species, the red coloration is much more likely an anomaly. Additional readings suggest no significant atmospheric or solar radiation changes have occurred in the ecosystem, leaving open the possibility that soil composition and mineral deposits may have affected petal coloration.”
“This titillating ingredient tastes impossibly fresh, but you must cook it immediately after picking. If you don't, it'll go bad within minutes!”
In the first game, touching certain flower clusters will release a swarm of tiny black bugs sometimes referred to by fans simply as "figwort insects". They fly around for a bit and quickly retreat, and cannot be interacted with whatsoever. These bugs also appear around some clovers, and even in isolated spots, such as behind the rusty can next to the Eternal Fuel Dynamo. No information about them is provided in the game. The plants they inhabit also show no signs of disease, so the relationship between the insects and plants is likely commensal in nature.
Large dying figwort
Small dying figwort
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