Cleopatra the plant - The man-eating plant owned
by Morticia Frump Addams (Carolyn Jones), the wife of eccentric millionaire
Gomez Addams (John Astin) on the bizarre sitcom THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ABC/1964-66.
Cleopatra was an African strangler plant whose main diet was chunks of red,
fleshy meat (Cleo's favorite food was Zebra Burgers and Yak meatballs). Morticia
grew Cleopatra from a seed.
The overly aggressive plant was always snuggling up to the family's visitors
who didn't realize the plant's apparent affection was really Cleopatra's way of
sizing up her next meal..
On episode No. 47 "Portrait
of Gomez" (12-10-65) Cleopatra the plant ate Morticia's favorite photo of Gomez.
Morticia's other plants included Roses (for their thorns), hemlock, henbane, and
On the 1998 revival series THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY on the Fox Family
Channel, Morticia could be seen sprinkling "Wonder Weed" to enhance the growth
of her weed garden.
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