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A Bub-ulb from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Super Paper Mario (cameo) (2007)
Notable members
“You know what makes me happy? When folks see me and smile. That's every flower's dream. Every flower's hope. Every flower's...life.”
Bub-ulb, Paper Mario
Bub-ulb. Page 103, volume 26 of Super Mario-kun. An individual or colored Bub-ulb, possibly, because the Japanese name shown here is different from フラワーさん. Name: リップちゃん (rippuchan). Compare to a Bub-ulb's name, Furawā-san.
A Bub-ulb in Super Mario-kun

Bub-ulbs are plant-like creatures found in Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

In Paper Mario, Bub-ulbs give Mario Magical Seeds to plant them in Minh T.'s garden, revealing the way to Flower Fields. There are a total of four Bub-ulbs scattered around the world, which are found in Toad Town, Mt. Rugged, Forever Forest, and Lavalava Island's Jade Jungle. These Bub-ulbs, though, are buried underground, and all Mario and his party can see is a flower. Once Mario gets to Flower Fields, he meets several Bub-ulbs, all of which are in the main plaza of Flower Fields, where Wise Wisterwood resides. Bub-ulbs have different flower colors, from yellow to blue and from green to pink. When Mario first arrives, these Bub-ulbs are panicking due to the lack of sunshine in Flower Fields. When Mario restores Flower Fields back to its warm weather, Bub-ulbs personally thank Mario and even sing out of joy.

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, two Bub-ulbs reside in Petalburg. One of them, Bub-ulber, gives Mario a Dried Bouquet in exchange for a Hot Dog from the Glitz Pit, after Mario completes his trouble.

Although no Bub-ulbs appear in Super Paper Mario, Francis owns merchandise that is based on them.

Bub-ulbs have a name structure similar to Bob-ombs.

Notable Bub-ulbs[edit]

Individual Tattles[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Toad Town
  • "It's a flower. I guess that's pretty obvious... It doesn't seem to move like an ordinary flower, though."
  • "Oh! A Bub-ulb. Talking flowers seem weird... Didn't I hear that Bub-ulbs live in Flower Fields?"
  • "He's one of the Bub-ulbs. Bub-ulbs are a type of talking plant. Aren't they hilarious? I think they come from Flower Fields."
Mt. Rugged
  • "A flower, I think. But... Do most flowers move like that?"
  • "Oh! A Bub-ulb. I don't know why, but they give out Seeds. Boy, if there are lots of these guys in Flower Fields, it must be a hopping place!"
Forever Forest
  • "It's a flower. I think... It doesn't seem to move like an ordinary flower, though."
  • "Oh! It's a Bub-ulb. The flower we saw must be the top of his head. He hands out Seeds. I'm willing to bet that these Seeds are really important. Let's plant 'em, Mario."
Jade Jungle
  • "It's a flower. I guess that's pretty obvious... It doesn't seem to move like an ordinary flower, though."
  • "Oh! A Bub-ulb. I don't know why it's growing here. It's a very strange flower, don't you think? This Seed... I bet it's something very important. Important to Bub-ulbs, anyway."
Flower Fields
  • "It's a Bub-ulb. It's one of many talking flowers in Flower Fields. Boy, it seems like as soon as creatures learn to communicate, they learn to gossip."
  • "You know, a lot of the flowers in Flower Fields will answer you if you talk to 'em. They're probably our best source of news around here."
  • "A lot of flowers live here, huh? They're so...so very... uh...beautiful, I guess."
  • "It's a Bub-ulb. The flowers around here hate cloudy weather. They need the sun's rays! I don't like the rain, either, because I can't play outside."

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

  • "That's Bub-ulber. Doesn't it kinda weird you out to see a talking flower? I mean, where's his head? Is it the flower part? ...Or the bulb part?"
  • "That's a Bub-ulb, a talking flower. I think he lives in Petalburg. I know he's a plant, but he makes more sense than these other crazy Petalburgers!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フラワーさん
Mr. Flower
Chinese 花先生
Huā Xiānsheng
Mr. Flower (from iQue's localization of Paper Mario)
German Knospi From "knospe" (bud)
Italian Fiorbulbo Flowerbulb
Spanish Bubulbo (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door) Bub-ulb