Plant manipulation is the ability to manipulate and generate plants and other vegetation as well as to take on plant-like properties.
- Brendan Lewis was the first person to demonstrate this ability.
- According to the assignment tracker map, an unknown individual in a Napa vineyard is capable of "controlling plants without touching them".
- According to Theodore van den Burg's Heroes: Survival profile, he possesses the ability of "chlorokinesis and plant mimicry".
Lewis has the ability to create vegetation from his own body. They can become separated from him or remain on his own body, and he is able to control protruding roots very accurately, as shown when he attacks members of the Company support team. His ability has apparently "mutated" according to Thompson, as previoulsy, Lewis's body had shown signs of photosynthesis.
According to Lewis's assignment tracker, his ability has mutated on more than one occasion. Besides using photosynthesis, Lewis could initially use his ability to manipulate plants to grow faster. During the next two years, Lewis's ability developed to the point where he could manipulate medium-sized plants and roots, and tissue samples revelaed he also experienced increased healing.
After at least a year later, Lewis's ability unexpectedly accelerated to the point where the Company considered him a Level 5 powered individual. His cellular structure and biological systems became more plant-like than animal, and he exhibited extreme regenerative properties. He absorbed energy from photosynthesis and exhibited complete control over any plant life in his immediate vicinity. His known weaknesses included fire and herbicide.