Thorny flower

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Thorny flower
Rendered model of the prickly plant in Super Mario Galaxy.
Model of a prickly plant from Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Giant prickly plant
Sharp red things. No touch!”
Whittle, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Thorny flowers,[1] also described as spiky things,[2] prickly plants,[3] plants,[4] prickly flowers,[5] spikes,[6] and thistles,[7] are red plants that serve as obstacles in several games of the Super Mario franchise. They are first seen in Super Mario Galaxy.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Prickly plants in the Good Egg Galaxy
Mario in the Yoshi Star Galaxy
Mario near some prickly plants in the Yoshi Star Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, prickly plants damage Mario or Luigi when touched, and the only way to destroy them is by attacking them with a rubbery bulb, spinning a coconut into them, having Yoshi eat them, or rolling into them in Rock form.

There are three types: the standard variant, a larger variant, and a floating variant. The larger variants, after being destroyed by a coconut, reveal a Sling Star or Launch Star leading to another planet. The floating variants serve as obstacles in various areas, and they are more common in certain galaxies, such as the Gusty Garden Galaxy, the Yoshi Star Galaxy, and Tall Trunk Galaxy.

When touched by the Co-Star Luma, prickly plants retract their spikes, allowing Mario or Luigi to pass over them safely without needing to destroy them.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

A thistle in Super Mario 3D Land

Thistles later appear in Super Mario 3D Land, being first encountered in World 4-1. As of this game, their thorns are stubbier and are arranged in a globe, instead of being grown from the plant's calyx like in the previous games; their leaves also continuously rotate around their stems. They can be destroyed with projectiles (such as the Fire form's fireballs) or a tail whip in Tanooki form, or by landing on them in Statue form or touching them while invincible.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

A thorny flower next to its larger variant

In Mario Party: Island Tour, thorny flowers make an appearance in the minigame Goomba to Maneuver, scattered on the path that the player needs to follow. The player needs to maneuver a line of Goombas between them. Goombas that touch a thorny flower are flung away, reducing the number of Goombas in the line. Thorny flowers appear in both normal and big sizes, with bigger ones becoming more common as the minigame progresses.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

In Mario Party: Star Rush, thorny flowers appear as obstacles in the minigame Leafboard Hoard.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario 3D Land
ObjectData/NeedlePlant.arc NeedlePlant Needle Plant
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
トゲ植物 (Toge Shokubutsu) Thorn Plant

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲ草[8] (Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Toge Kusa
トゲ植物[9] (Super Mario 3D Land)
Toge Shokubutsu
Thorn Grass

Thorn Plant
Chinese 紅色刺刺
Hóngsè Cì Cì
Red Spike
French Herbes épineuses[10] Thorny herbs
German Stachelgras Barbed grass
Italian Pianta ago[11]
Spine rosse (by Whittle)
Needle Plant
Red spikes


  1. ^ "Get as many Goombas to the finish line as possible without leading them into the thorny flowers." – Controls for Tour and Simple in Mario Party: Island Tour (British English version)
  2. ^ "Apparently those spiky things just HATE coconuts! Shake to spin and smack them with coconuts!" – Text from a Purple Toad in Super Mario Galaxy
  3. ^ Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 43, 48, 50, 53, 170, 171, 175, 177, 178, 202, 207, 244, 303.
  4. ^ Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 48, 50, 53, 170, 202.
  5. ^ Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 302.
  6. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 112, 113, 114, 118.
  7. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 187.
  8. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 136 and 170.
  9. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D Land section, page 185.
  10. ^ Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, page 136 and 170
  11. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pagg. 136 and 170