Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

By JOANNA KLEIN FEB. 2, 2018

In an experiment, scientists sedated plants like the Venus fly trap. When the drugs wore off, the plants came back to life, almost as if they were regaining consciousness. Credit Ken Yokawa, et al.

Plants don’t get enough credit.

They move. You know this. Your houseplant salutes the sun each morning. At night, it returns to center.

You probably don’t think much of it. This is simply what plants do: Get light. Photosynthesize. Make food. Live.

But what about all the signs of plant intelligence that have been observed?…