- For other uses, see plants.
Plants are living organisms that belong to the Plantae kingdom. They obtain most of their energy from sunlight in a process called photosynthesis. However, not all plants absorb energy via photosynthesis. They are the protagonists of Plants vs. Zombies and the player's main defense against the undead assailants.
The Plants also populate the Zen Garden, available in the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Android, Nintendo DS, iPad, and iPhone versions of Plants vs. Zombies. In the Zen Garden, the player is able to use the Watering Can, Bug Spray and Fertilizer to grow Plants and earn money.
There are many different plants, each with different abilities and special attributes. During night, sun does not fall from the sky, so mushrooms are usually used. In pool levels, plants must be either Aquatic, or planted on a Lily Pad to be in the water. Fog levels are a mix of night and pool levels, but also have fog in the level which can be removed temporarily with a Blover or removed with a Plantern or Torchwood until the end of the level or whenever the plant is removed with the Shovel (or eaten by zombies). On the roof, plants require Flower Pots to be planted on before planting the actual plant. Also, the roof is slanted to make the levels harder by making most of the projectiles hit the slanted part of the roof instead of the zombies, so catapult plants are used. A night roof setting also exists, where the player fights Dr. Zomboss.
On the top of each Seed Packets, there is a phrase: "Bloom and Doom Seed Co." (except in the Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSiWare, Android, and iOS version of Plants vs. Zombies), "BLOOM & DOOM" being a name that PopCap brainstormed when they were looking for names for Plants vs. Zombies.
To fight zombies, certain projectiles are fired from plants. For example, peas are fired from peashooting plants, such as Peashooters and Threepeaters. Spikes are fired from Cattails and Cacti. Spores are shot from Puff-shrooms, Scaredy-shrooms, and Sea-shrooms. Fumes are shot from Fume-shrooms and Gloom-shrooms. lobbed-shot plants each fire their own specific kind of projectile. Stars are fired from Starfruits. Lobbed-shot plants such as Cabbage-pults, Kernel-pults, Melon-pults, and Winter Melons can also shoot over shields and hit Snorkel Zombies while they are underwater, although they cannot hit Balloon Zombies, despite the fact that they shoot high up.
|Projectile shooter name||Damage per shot||Projectile||Equivalent in peas|
|Peashooter, Repeater, Threepeater, Split Pea, Gatling Pea||Normal||Pea or fire pea after passing a Torchwood||1 (pea), 0.7 (fire peas' splash damage), 2 (fire pea)|
|Snow Pea||Normal, slows zombies||Frozen Pea or Pea after passing a Torchwood||1, halves zombies' speed (frozen pea)|
|Puff-shroom, Scaredy-shroom, Sea-shroom||Normal||Spore||1|
|Fume-shroom, Gloom-shroom||Normal, penetrates Screen Doors, Ladders and Newspapers||Fumes||1|
|Cactus, Cattail||Normal, pops balloons||Spike||1, pops balloons|
|Starfruit||Normal (for each star)||Star||1|
|Kernel-pult||Light (kernel), normal (butter)||Kernel or butter||1 (kernel), 2 and stun (butter)|
|Melon-pult||Heavy, area of effect||Melon||4 (target), 1.5 (splash)|
|Winter Melon||Very heavy, area of effect, slows zombies||Frozen Melon||4 (target), 1.5 (splash), all are slowed|
|Cob Cannon||Massive, area of effect||Corn Cob||90 (three-by-three area)|
Type of plants
Plants received when playing Adventure Mode
At the end of each level of the player's first playthrough of Adventure Mode, a new seed packet of a plant made by the Bloom & Doom Seed Company is received from the last zombie to get destroyed. There is a theory that Crazy Dave throws them, according to a Sneak Peek to the Xbox 360 Version. Once the Suburban Almanac is acquired in level 2-4, a humorous quote of each plant can be read as well as a summary and helpful facts about it.
Plants received at Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies
Once Crazy Dave's car key is found, Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies is unlocked and more plants can be purchased with Money. These plants are called Upgrade Plants. They are the Gatling Pea ($5,000), Twin Sunflower ($5,000), Gloom-shroom ($7,500), Cattail ($10,000), Winter Melon ($10,000), Gold Magnet ($3,000), Spikerock ($7,500), and Cob Cannon ($20,000). The Imitater ($30,000) is also available here, but requires completing Adventure Mode before it can be bought. Other Upgrade Plants will arrive after receiving certain objects, such as the Magic Taco.
Sun producing plants
Sun producing plants are vital for regular levels in order to plant. Each plant has a certain amount of sun that is needed in order for it to be planted. Also, the seed packets for plants have a recharge time; some of which are longer than others. In Survival: Endless, upgrades cost 50 more sun to plant for each of that particular plant on the lawn at the time of planting. Below are the costs of Sun Producing Plants and how much sun is produced.
|Name||Cost||Sun per production|
|Sun-shroom||25||15 before growing, then 25 sun after growing (grows after producing five small sun)|
|Twin Sunflower||150||50 sun per production|
|Giant Sunflower||50||50 sun per production|
|Big sun||50||Sky in Sunny Day|
|Normal sun||25||Sky in daytime levels, Sunflower, Sun-shroom after growing, Twin Sunflower, Giant Sunflower|
|Small sun||15||Sun-shroom before growing|
Money producing plants
The Marigold is the only money producing plant, but in the Zen Garden all plants will drop gold coins when fertilized, happy and also drop diamonds when fully grown. Gold Magnets and Stinky the Snail aid in money production as well.
To unlock the Morticulturalist achievement you must collect all 49 plants, including the upgrade plants and the Imitater in Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies. Be prepared to be money farming for a long time, because all plants from Crazy Dave when added together cost $98,000.
List of plants
|Peashooter||Shoots peas at zombies.||100||Fast|
|Sunflower***||Produces 25 sun about every 24 seconds.||50||Fast|
|Cherry Bomb||Destroys all zombies in a 3x3 area.||150||Very Slow|
|Wall-nut***||Much stronger than most plants and protects anything behind it.||50||Slow|
|Potato Mine||Explodes all zombies in its square, but takes 15 seconds to arm itself. Must be planted in the ground.||25||Slow|
|Snow Pea||Shoots frozen peas that damage and slow zombies.||175 (150 in Versus Mode, 100 in Heavy Weapon)||Fast|
|Chomper||Eats any zombie in front of itself, but is vulnerable while chewing.||150||Fast|
|Repeater||Shoots two Peas at a time.||200 (150 in Versus Mode)||Fast|
|Puff-shroom||Nocturnal, shoots Spores at zombies up to three squares away from it.||0||Fast|
|Sun-shroom||Nocturnal, gives 15 sun first, then eventually grows and gives 25 sun.||25||Fast|
|Fume-shroom||Nocturnal, shoots fumes that damage all zombies up to four squares away from it and penetrates shields (Screen Doors, Ladders, etc.)||75||Fast|
|Grave Buster||Destroys the grave it is planted on, dropping money. Can only be planted on gravestones.||75||Fast (Very Slow in Versus Mode)|
|Hypno-shroom||Nocturnal, hypnotizes zombies and makes them turn around and fight other zombies.||75||Slow|
|Scaredy-shroom||Nocturnal, shoots long ranged spores. Stops shooting and hides when a zombie is adjacent to it.||25||Fast|
|Ice-shroom||Nocturnal, does one damage. Immobilizes all zombies on-screen which gradually recover.||75||Very Slow|
|Doom-shroom||Nocturnal, destroys all zombies in radius 3.5,then leaves a crater that can't be planted on but will heal itself in 180 seconds. Destroys Lily Pads or Flower Pots underneath.||125||Very Slow|
|Lily Pad||Aquatic, allows other plants to be planted in water.||25||Fast|
|Squash||Waits for a zombie to get to the right or left of it, then squashes all zombies in that square.||50 (75 in Versus Mode)||Slow|
|Threepeater||Shoots peas in 3 lanes (above, middle and below)||325 (200 in Versus Mode, 400 in Heavy Weapon)||Fast (Very Slow in Versus Mode)|
|Tangle Kelp||Aquatic, captures and drowns the first zombie that gets near it. Only able to drown one zombie at a time.||25||Slow|
|Jalapeno||Burns all zombies in its row.||125||Very Slow|
|Spikeweed||Does damage to zombies that step on it and pops tires on Zombonis. Is destroyed by vehicles, Jack-in-the-Box Zombies and Gargantuar only.||100||Fast|
|Torchwood||Doubles the damage of all regular peas that pass through it. Fire peas deal splash damage in the same square of the zombie hit. Also uncovers fog in 1 1/4 squares above, below, right and left, negates frozen peas and, if the target zombie is frozen, it unfreezes them.||175||Fast|
|Tall-nut||Stronger than a Wall-nut and can't be jumped over, but can be flown over.||125||Slow|
|Sea-shroom||Aquatic and nocturnal, shoots spores to zombies three squares away from it.||0||Slow|
|Plantern||Uncovers fog in a 5x5 area.||25||Slow|
|Cactus||Shoots spikes that deal normal damage and can stretch up high to pop balloons.||125 (100 in Versus Mode)||Fast|
|Blover||Blows away fog temporarily and all Balloon Zombies.||100||Fast|
|Split Pea||Shoots one pea forwards and two peas backwards.||125||Fast (Very Slow in Versus Mode)|
|Starfruit||Shoots stars in five directions.||125 (175 in Versus Mode)||Fast|
|Pumpkin||As strong as a Wall-nut and can be planted over another plant.||125||Slow|
|Magnet-shroom||Nocturnal, attracts all metal items on zombies in a three square radius. Reloads in 15 seconds.||100||Fast|
|Cabbage-pult||Lobs cabbages at the half the rate of a Peashooter for double damage. (catapult equivalent to peashooter)||100||Fast|
|Flower Pot||Allows a plant to be planted on the roof.||25||Fast|
|Kernel-pult||Lobs corn kernels that do light damage and butter that does double damage and immobilizes zombies.||100||Fast|
|Coffee Bean||Can only be planted on sleeping mushrooms and wakes them up.||75 (25 in Versus Mode)||Fast|
|Garlic||Diverts zombies that bite it to the lane above or below.||50 (75 in Versus Mode)||Fast (Very Slow on Versus Mode)|
|Umbrella Leaf||Bounces off all Bungee Zombies and can deflect basketballs launched by the Catapult Zombies in a 3x3 area.||100||Fast|
|Marigold***||Drops silver and gold coins.||50||Slow|
|Melon-pult||Lobs melons at the half the rate of a Peashooter and does splash damage to all adjacent squares. Can hit groups of zombies.||300||Fast (Very Slow in Versus Mode)|
|Gatling Pea*||Shoots four peas at a time. Upgrade of Repeater.||250(+200) in all 450||Very Slow|
|Twin Sunflower*||Produces two regular sun about every three seconds. Upgrade of Sunflower.||150 (+50) in all 200||Very Slow|
|Gloom-shroom*||Nocturnal, Shoots fumes four times per second in a 3x3 area and penetrates shields. Upgrade of Fume-shroom.||150 (+75) in all 225||Very Slow|
|Cattail*||Aquatic, shoots spikes in any lane, forwards and backwards, and pops balloons. Upgrade of Lily Pad.||225 (+25) in all 250||Very Slow|
|Winter Melon*||Lobs frozen melons that deal splash damage, damage and slow zombies. Upgrade of Melon-pult.||200(+300) in all 500||Very Slow|
|Gold Magnet*||Attracts all money and does not need a Coffee Bean, as it is diurnal. Upgrade of Magnet-shroom.||50(+100) in all 150||Very Slow|
|Spikerock*||Does two damages per second to all zombies that step on it and takes nine vehicles or Gargantuar smashes to be destroyed. Upgrade of Spikeweed.||125(+100) in all 225||Very Slow|
|Cob Cannon*||Click to target where to launch a deadly corn cob, blowing up an area. Upgrade of two horizontally adjacent Kernel-pults.||500 (+100x2) in all 700||Very Slow|
|Imitater**||Allows the player to have two of a plant in any level (except for upgrades). Recharge and cost depend on the imitated plant. Takes 1.1 seconds before imitating.||As the imitated plant||As the imitated plant|
|Explode-o-nut||Explodes when touches Zombies, only appears in levels 1-5, Wall-nut Bowling and Wall-nut Bowling 2.||Free||None|
|Giant Wall-nut†||Crushes a row of Zombies in Wall-nut Bowling 2, has double the health of a Wall-nut in Big Time.||Free, 50 in Big Time||None, Slow in Big Time|
|Giant Sunflower†||Produces two regular sun about every 24 seconds.||50||Fast|
|Giant Marigold†||Drops two silver or gold coins.||50||Slow|
* Is an upgrade that can be bought from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies.
** Not an upgrade, but can also be bought from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies.
*** Becomes bigger in the Cancelled Mini-game Big Time.
† This is the bigger form of a plant in Big Time.
- For more information, see Encyclopedia.
- Most plants take six bites before being eaten.
- No plants start with letter O, Q, V, X, Y and Z.
- Mushrooms are classified as plants, even though they are actually fungi, which are an entirely different kingdom in the domain Eukaryota.
- Every plant blinks after a while, except for the Hypno-shroom, Cherry Bomb, Doom-shroom, Jalapeno, Ice-shroom, Chomper, Flower Pot, Coffee Bean, and Pumpkin, because the Cherry Bomb, Ice-shroom Doom-shroom and Jalapeno explode instantly, the Chomper has no eyes, the Flower Pot has its eyes closed, Coffee Bean is used instantly, the Pumpkin has eyes that are carved in and the Hypno-shroom has swirly eyes.
- In the Instant kills' Suburban Almanac pages, they blink.
- Most game commercials and the Mini-game Slot Machine show Peashooters with the back of the Repeater.
- In the Suburban Almanac, the Grave Buster and the Plantern are the only non-mushroom plants for whom the background is night. That's because they're important in night and fog respectively.
- Different animations are seen when the player plants something in a different terrain. If the player plants something on land, or a Flower Pot, he or she can see soil jumping out of the ground. If he or she plants something on water, there will be a splash of water.
- When the player plants on land or on a Flower Pot, there are two slightly different sound effects that can be made. Planting on water, however will only produce one sound effect.
- On the Plants vs. Zombies Official Website, in the Characters section, it says that there are only forty-two plants, although there are only forty plants when the Imitater or Upgrade Plants are not counted.
- The Chomper, Gold Magnet, Spikerock and Grave Buster are the only plants whose names are not derived from a plant.
- Upgrade plants says they must be planted on their downgrades, Grave Buster must be planted on graves, Lily Pad must be planted on water, and Flower Pot can be planted on both the Roof and the Lawn.
- The most plants the player can have on one square is five: Lily Pad or Flower Pot, a Fume-shroom, a Pumpkin, a Gloom-shroom and a Coffee Bean.
- In the Zen Garden, aquatic plants do not need water (probably because they already have water in the aqua pot or aquarium).
- The Frozen Melon and the Corn Cob are the only projectiles shot only by Upgrade Plants.