1- She wasn't planted, she was born. A human.
Breaking the "unusual birth characteristics" chain I've been doing for my 1st facts, we know Flora is a trained phytomorph, and thus was born a human. Despite her conspicuously plant-related name, she isn't a dryad or anything.
2- She never cut her hair until she was 18.
Why? Good question. Traditional reasons for such behavior include religious motives – be it penance or just part of one's belief that the hair shall not be cut because... I have no idea –, an irrational fear of hairstylists/scissors or other cultural reasons. But in Flora's case, it was a bet. She won by a few years, by the way.
3- Her natural hair color was red.
Yes, she dyes her hair (or, to be a bit technical here, she "re-hues" it). The phytomorph training turned her skin green, but the hair just kept its color.
Oh, and to why I'm leaving her hair green for the other illustrations where she should still have her natural color... it's just easier to recognize the character that way.
4- She can actually perform photosynthesis!
I think I mentioned this in a comic comment or maybe in the "Director's Cut". The green on her skin is actually chlorophyll, which means she actually can photosynthesize. It's a very difficult process to get the hang of, so don't try that at home, kids!
And many thanks to Bisected8 for pointing out you don't make photosynthesis. I think "perform" is a much better verb to convey the idea here.
5- She had a garden of carnivorous plants at 8.
I had some carnivorous plants when I was younger, too. Turns out they're pretty boring... but the Venus fly-trap was pretty cool, it gave some flowers and all...
Oh, yes, Flora. Yep, she had all sorts of plants, including fictional ones. Which brings us this protip: when you plant Piranha Plants, make sure they're not the kind that leaps and blows fire!
6- She never saw her father since she was very little.
This was done because: a) I needed a fact to fill the quota; b) Johnny Cash is awesome; c) I felt Flora needed some personal backstory. It's not exactly tragic, and in hindsight I realized she's not the only character to have a missing father(the next one on the list has too, but for different reasons). Still, it might be explored further down the line in a soul-searching storyline... of maybe just used as setup for a joke. I admit I haven't planned that far.
At least she didn't shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die.
7- She sleeps in her underwear.
The region of Webcomic World where the WU is situated is tropical, which means most of the year is hot, or at least it never gets cold enough to snow. And nobody likes to wake up all wet and cold from sweating all night under blankets and pajamas.
And don't complain about the bait and switch, you had Flora in a bikini up there!
8- Her biggest dream... To grow old in the country with a couple of kids.
What can I say? She's a simple girl at heart... sure, she has ambitions and still works for her living, but if you ask her where she wants to be, say, thirty-five years from now, she just wants to chill out at the countryside, sitting on her balcony, watching the plants grow, hearing the birds sing and enjoying her time. And of course, Jello is included in those plans...
And kids. Because she wants to leave her genes in the gene pool. Why not?
— Bruno "Professional Mole" GuedesMonday, September 13th 2010
9- She was briefly a member of PeTV after her phytomorph training