Yes Brian, there are many scientists around there that believe that. However, there are also many that would strongly disagree with this statement.From RESEARCHGATE
Many people are attracted to the idea that plants experience phenomenal conscious states like pain, sensory awareness, or emotions like fear. If true, this would have wide-ranging moral implications for human behavior, including land development, farming, vegetarianism, and more. Determining whether plants have minds relies on the work of both empirical disciplines and philosophy. Epistemology should settle the standards for evidence of other minds, and science should inform our judgment about whether any plants meet those standards. We argue that evidence for other minds comes either from testimony, behavior, anatomy/physiology, or phylogeny. However, none of these provide evidence that plants have conscious mental states. Therefore, we conclude that there is no evidence that plants have minds in the sense relevant for morality."
What some scientists believe about the mind is sometimes absurd. For example, the majority of scientists are staunch materialists: they believe that the mind is nothing but the brain. Some of them believe that consciousness is an epiphenomenon that does not play any active role (a passive witness as it were). Others believe that consciousness is an illusion. In any case, all materialists believe that as a result, free will is an illusion; They all believe that free will does not exist at all. If you want to embrace materialist neurology Brian, you will need to deny free will. Which is, to say the least, problematic.