Would it be at all viable for a person to have certain plant characteristics such as:
- Chloroplasts in their hair and skin, with the skin maybe lookmuch darker because of extra light absorbance (maybe a special skin pigment to absorb the green light the chloroplasts don't).
- An ability to become relatively inanimate, shutting off most human characteristics and surving on the plant ones.
- If they have energy reserves the ability to start to grow 'roots' out of their skin which can absorb substances in the ground.
The person still has all basic human characteristics and would still eat but would be able to survive on less and gets extra energy, or in 'shut down mode' all energy, from their plant like features. I know that the surface area to volume ratio is a problem if the person is active, that is why they would normally still eat food.
Essentially this is for a gardener character who is very at home in their employer's garden.
Is there any way to make the person more functional and plausible?
Any more plant features that would help them be more plausibe?