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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 2: It's About Time and the player's main defense against the undead assailants.

A total of 33 plants return from the first game, eight of which are now premium plants that must first be bought from the in-game store with real money or gems before they can be used. Additionally, 30 new plants were added, 7 of which are premium plants, bringing the grand total up to 63. However, there are 13 plants exclusive to China, so including them brings the total to 76. In the months following the game's release, PopCap Games intends to add more worlds to the game via updates, and these worlds will bring with them more plants. The following list is therefore open to expansion.

Additionally, a few of the plants not returning from the first game instead appear in cameo roles.

List of plants

Recharge time:

Damage rates:

  • Light - 1 NDS
  • Normal - 0.25, 1 NDS
  • Moderate - 1.5 to 3 NDS
  • Heavy - 0.75, 4 NDS
  • Huge - 27.5 to 50 NDS
  • Massive - 60 to 90 NDS

Toughness rates:

  • Typical - four bites
  • Elevated - 40 bites
  • High - 80 bites
  • Very High - 160 bites

Regular plants

Plant Image Description Unlocked Plant Food upgrade Sun cost Recharge
Player's House
Sunflower Sunflower2 Sunflowers are essential for you to produce extra sun. Try planting as many as you can! After beating Player's House - Day 1 Produces 150 sun. 50 Fast
Peashooter Peashooter2 Peashooters are your first line of defense. They shoot peas at attacking zombies. Available at the beginning of the game Turns it into a fast-shooting Gatling Pea shooting 60 peas for three seconds. 100 Fast
Wall-nut Wall-nut2 Wall-nuts have hard shells which you can use to protect other plants. After beating Player's House - Day 2 Gives it a hard armor shell for an additional 160 bites of health. 50 Sluggish
Potato Mine Potato Mine2 Potato Mines explode on contact, but they take time to arm itself. Plant them ahead of zombies. After beating Player's House - Day 3 Instantly arms itself (if unarmed) and sets two armed potato mines on random places. 25 Sluggish
Ancient Egypt
Bloomerang Bloomerang2 Bloomerangs can hit up to three targets in their lane, twice! After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 3 Shoots ten boomerangs up, down, left and right. 175 Fast
Cabbage-pult Cabbage-pult2 Cabbage-pults hurl cabbages at the enemy. After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 2 Launches several cabbages at once, dealing 10 damage every zombie onscreen. 100 Fast
Iceberg Lettuce Iceberg Lettuce2 Iceberg Lettuces freeze a zombie when stepped on. After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 5 Freezes every zombie on screen similar to the Ice-shroom from Plants vs. Zombies. 0 Sluggish
Grave Buster Grave Buster2 Grave Busters consume graves they're planted on. After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 9 N/A 0 Mediocre
Twin Sunflower Twin Sunflower2 Twin Sunflowers give twice as much sun as a normal sunflower. After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 24 Produces 250 sun. 125 Mediocre
Bonk Choy Bonk Choy2 Bonk Choys rapidly punch nearby enemies that are ahead or behind them. After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 13 Punches zombies around it in a three-by-three area around it, dealing a maximum of 75 damage. 150 Fast
Repeater Repeater2 Repeaters fire two peas at a time. After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 19 Shoots 90 peas, then shoots a larger pea that does 30 normal damage shots, for a total of 120 damage. 200 Fast
Pirate Seas
Kernel-pult Kernel-pult2 Kernel-pults flings corn kernels and paralising butter at zombies. After beating Pirate Seas - Day 1 Fires butter at every zombie on the lawn. 100 Fast
Snapdragon Snapdragon2 Snapdragons breathe fire that causes damage in 6 adjacent tiles. After beating Pirate Seas - Day 3 Snapdragon floats and get wings then it breaths sets fire in three-by-three area in front of it, dealing 90 damage. 150 Fast
Spikeweed Spikeweed2 Spikeweeds destroy rolling objects and hurt any zombies that step on them. After beating Pirate Seas - Day 6 Creates temporary spikes going throughout the whole lane, and brings all zombies in that lane directly on top of it, damaging them in the process. 100 Fast
Coconut Cannon Coconut Cannon2 Coconut Cannons fire down a single lane, causing a medium explosion on impact. After beating Pirate Seas - Day 11 Fires one big Coconut that pushes all zombies to the rightmost of the screen and then explodes, dealing 60 damage. The Coconut immediately explodes if it hits a tombstone. 400 Fast
Cherry Bomb Cherry Bomb2 Cherry Bombs blow up all zombies in a area. They have a short fuse so plant them near zombies. After beating Pirate Seas - Day 24 N/A 150 Slow
Spring Bean Spring Bean2 Spring Beans bounce back zombies that get too close. Will bounce them into water if nearby. After beating Pirate Seas - Day 9 Bounces all zombies to nearby water or backwards. 50 Sluggish
Spikerock Spikerock2 Spikerocks destroy multiple rolling zombies and damage zombies that walk over it. After beating Pirate Seas - Day 18 Creates secondary spikes in the row and draws all zombies in the row on to it. 250 Fast
Threepeater Threepeater2 Threepeaters shoot peas in three lanes. After beating Pirate Seas - Day 14 Shoots a widespread volley of peas in front of it. 300 Fast
Wild West
Split Pea Split Pea2 Split Peas shoot peas forward and backwards. After beating Wild West - Day 1 Turns to Gatling Pea. forward like Peashooter and backwards like Repeater but without helmets. 125 Fast
Chili Bean Chili Bean2 Chili Beans deliver a crippling bout of gastrointestinal distress. After beating Wild West - Day 4 Launches 3 extra beans in random places. 50 Sluggish
Lightning Reed Lightning Reed2 Lightning Reeds shoot lightning at nearest zombie up to one lane away. The bolt will then arc and hit other zombies. After beating Wild West - Day 9 Makes a storm cloud that strikes lightning at the zombies. 125 Fast
Tall-nut Tall-nut2 Tall-nuts are heavy-duty wall plants that block low flying zombies. After beating Wild West - Day 18 Gives it a hard armor for an extra 320 bites of health, like the Wall-nut. 125 Sluggish
Pea Pod Pea Pod2 Pea Pods can be planted in the same space for up to 5 times the destruction. After beating Wild West - Day 6 Turns into a giant Peashooter that shoots five giant peas, which each deal 20 damage, for a total of 100 damage. 125 Fast
Melon-pult Melon-pult2 Melon-pults do heavy damage to groups of zombies. After beating Wild West - Day 12 Launches melons out from the top that does twice the damage of normal melons. 325 Fast
Winter Melon Winter Melon2 Winter Melons do heavy damage and slow groups of zombies. After beating Wild West - Day 24 Same as Melon-pult with added slowing effect. 500 Fast
Far Future
Laser Bean Laser Bean2 Laser Beans fire down a lane, hitting all zombies ahead of it. After beating Far Future - Day 1 Shoots a laser from its mouth that fire down everything in front of it. 200 Fast
Blover Blover2 Blovers blow away all zombies in the air. After beating Far Future - Day 3 N/A 50 Fast
Citron Citron2 Citrons shoot powerful balls of plasma. After beating Far Future - Day 6 Lighting strikes Citron and it shoots a giant plasma ball that sends every zombie away and instantly kills machines and Gargantuars. 350 Fast
E.M.Peach E.M.Peach2 E.M.Peaches explode and disable all machines in an area. After beating Far Future - Day 9 N/A 25 Sluggish
Infi-nut Infi-nut2 Infi-nuts are weaker than Wall-nuts, but they can regain health over time. After beating Far Future - Day 13 Restores health and creates a force field. 75 Mediocre
Magnifying Grass Magnifying Grass2 Magnifying Grass turns sun into a bolt of colorful damage. After beating Far Future - Day 17 Shoots powerful rainbow at the zombies in any lanes. This effect lasts longer if there are any Sun-producing plants nearby. 50 Fast
Tile Turnip Tile Turnip2 Tile Turnips create a Power Tile on planting. After beating Far Future - Day 24 N/A 0, then 250, then doubles Mediocre
Dark Ages
Sun-shroom Sun-shroom2 Sun-shrooms give small sun at first, then normal suns, and finally large suns. After beating Dark Ages - Night 1 Grows to maximum size and produces 225 sun. 25 Fast
Puff-shroom Puff-shroom2 Puff-shrooms are short-range shooters that last for a limited time. After beating Dark Ages - Night 2 All Puff-shrooms shoot 30 spores rapidly and will have their timers reset. 0 Fast
Fume-shroom Fume-shroom2 Fume-shrooms shoot fumes that damage all zombies in an area. After beating Dark Ages - Night 4 Shoots fumes throughout the row that push all zombies in front of it back to the first column. 125 Fast
Sun Bean Sun Bean2 Sun Beans infect zombies with sun. As a zombie takes damage they generate sun. After beating Dark Ages - Night 6 The zombie that eats it is defeated and releases 15 sun for each Normal Damage Shot (equivalent to one pea) it had left. 50 Sluggish 
Magnet-shroom Magnet-shroom2 Magnet-shrooms remove helmets and other metal objects from zombies. After beating Dark Ages - Night 15 Attracts all metallic objects within range and throws them back at the zombies, causing damage. 100 sun Mediocre
Big Wave Beach
Lily Pad Lily Pad2 Lily Pads let you plant non-aquatic plants on top of them. After beating Big Wave Beach - Day 1 Create more four Lily Pads around it. 25 Fast
Tangle Kelp Tangle Kelp2 Tangle Kelps pull zombies underwater After beating Big Wave Beach - Day 6 Pull four random zombies underwater. 25 Sluggish
Bowling Bulb Bowling Bulb2 Bowling Bulbs roll shots that can bounce into multiple zombies. After beating Big Wave Beach - Day 11 Charge and throw three charged explosive bulbs at the same time. 200 Fast
Guacodile Guacodile2 Fires avocado seeds at zombies that deal one normal damage shot each and when attacked will rush forward and deal damage to the zombies in its row. After beating Big Wave Beach - Day 19 Pushes nearby zombies and release two rushing Guacodiles. 125 Fast
Banana Launcher Banana Launcher2 Shoots explosive bananas at zombies. After beating Big Wave Beach - Day 27 Shoots five bananas at certain targets. 500 Sluggish (should be Fast)
Frostbite Caves
Hot Potato Hot Potato2 Defrosts frozen plants. After beating Frostbite Caves - Day 1 N/A 0 Mediocre
Pepper-pult Pepper-pult2 Defrosts frozen plants while lobbing flaming peppers. After beating Frostbite Caves - Day 6 Throws flaming peppers on all zombies. 200 Sluggish
Chard Guard Chard Guard2 Pushes zombies back 3 times. After beating Frostbite Caves - Day 11 Regains all of its leaves and pushes back zombies above, below, on its space and in the 2x3 area in front. 75 Mediocre

Zen Garden

Plant Image Description Appearances Sun cost
Marigold Marigold2 Marigolds give you rewards in Zen Garden. Only in Zen Garden 0

Chinese plants (Chinese version only)

Kung-Fu World

Plant Image Description Unlocked Plant Food upgrade Sun cost


White Radish White Radish2 White Radish has a bit lower health than a Wall-nut, but it cannot be pulled by QiGong Zombie and cannot be sucked by a wormhole. Also, it blocks plants that are behind it, so the plants behind it cannot be pulled or sucked too. 5 stars in Kung-Fu World Multiplies by one radish, which is placed above it. 50

Sluggish (In-game: Fast)

Fire Gourd Fire Gourd2 Fire Gourd breathes fires that deals moderate damage, but its attack is short-ranged. Fire Gourd sleeps after being tapped on. 10 Fire Gourd Puzzle Pieces; for Kung-Fu World Breathes fire at all squares in front of it. 200 Fast
Heavenly Peach Heavenly Peach2 Heavenly Peach heals other plants that surrounds it. 10 Heavenly Peach Puzzle Pieces; for Kung-Fu World Makes all plants surrounding it temporarily invulnerable. 125 Fast (In-game: Mediocre)
Bamboo Shoot PVZIAT Bamboo Shoot Bamboo Shoot is within four tiles in front of it, it will hide in the ground and start attacking by spinning back and forth. After beating Kung-Fu World - Day 3 Hits the last zombies in each lane and any zombies very close to it. If they have low enough health, they will be flung off the screen. 175 Fast

Chinese Dark Ages

Plant Image Description Unlocked Plant Food upgrade Sun cost


Oak Archer Oak Archer 2 Oak Archer shoots a wooden arrow to zombie, need a long time to recharge the next arrow. 10 Oak Archer Puzzle Pieces Shoot a arrow rain to all zombies on screen. 275

Fast (In-game: Sluggish)

Flame Mushroom Flame Mushroom2 Flame Mushroom grows like Sun-shroom and shoots stronger projectiles. 10 Flame Mushroom Puzzle Pieces Grow to full size then then burns a random column for ten seconds. Any zombie that steps on the fire will start burning. 225 Sluggish (In-game: Mediocre)
Freeze Mushroom FreezeShroom2 Freeze Mushroom grows like Sun-shroom and shoots stronger projectiles, when grows to full size, the project will spread to other zombies. 10 Freeze Mushroom Puzzle Pieces Grow to full size, creates two ice sinkholes for 4 seconds. Any zombie that steps on the ice will slip into the hole and sink in it. 175 Sluggish (In-game: Mediocre)
Plantern PVZIAT Plantern Plantern lights up Fog and reveals invisible Rogue Zombie. 10 Plantern Pieces/ After beating Chinese Dark Ages - Night 7 Shines a 5x5 area for a while. 25 Fast (In-game: Slow)
Coffee Bean Coffee Bean2 Coffee Bean wakes plants in 3x3 area. 10 Coffee Bean Puzzle Pieces/ After beating Chinese Dark Ages - Night 12 N/A 75 Slow (In-game: Mediocre) 

Monthly Special (Chinese version only)

Plant Image Description Unlocked Plant Food upgrade Sun cost


Carrot Missile Truck Carrot Missile Truck2 Carrot Missile Truck shoots four carrot missiles at zombies, it needs to sleep after firing like Coconut Cannon and Fire Gourd. 10 Carrot Missile Truck Puzzle Pieces/ Log in 2 days in October 2014 Shoots a big carrot to the ground which explodes when destroyed. It hits a zombie directly, the zombie explodes. 450 Fast (In-game: Mediocre) 
Dandelion PVZIAT Dandelion2 Dandelion throws bombs with splash damage at zombies. 10 Dandelion Puzzle Pieces/ Log in 15 days in November 2014 or 2 days in December 2014 Throws red bombs that home into zombies and does heavy damage. 200 Sluggish (In-game: Mediocre) 
Vigorous Broccoli Broccoli2 Vigorous Broccoli picks up zombies and throws them on the ground, which it can do twice before having to recharge. It also works as a defensive plant. 10 Vigorous Broccoli Puzzle Pieces/ Log in 15 days in December 2014 or 2 days in January 2015 Pulls a nearby zombie to it, tussles them, and then flings them off the screen. Other zombies caught in the effect are damaged as well. 150 Sluggish
Pomegranate Machine Gun SpitgranatePvZ2 Pomegranate Machine Gun shoot pomegranate in a fan shape in front of it, meaning the nearer the zombie the higher damage. 10 Pomegranate Machine Gun Puzzle Pieces Shoot a lot of big pomegranate to zombies and deals high damage to zombies in front of it. 325 Sluggish

Premium plants

Plant Image Description Purchase cost Plant Food upgrade Sun cost Recharge
Snow Pea Snow Pea2 Snow Peas fire frozen peas making it hard for zombies to advance. USD: $3.99 Slows down all the zombies in front of it by creating an ice path, then fires 60 frozen peas rapidly. 150 Fast
Power Lily Power Lily2 Power Lilies create one Plant Food out of thin air. USD: $2.99 N/A 175 Very Slow
Squash Squash2 Squashes will smash the first zombie that gets close. USD: $2.99 Squashes two random zombies from where it was planted. 50 Sluggish
Torchwood Torchwood2 Torchwoods turn peas that pass through them into fireballs that deal twice as much damage. USD: $3.99 The fire peas become napalm peas and do three times the damage. 175 Fast
Jalapeno Jalapeno2 Jalapenos destroy an entire lane of zombies. USD: $2.99 N/A 125 Slow
Imitater Imitater2 Imitaters let you use two of the same plant during a level! USD: $2.99 Same as the imitated plant.
Starfruit Starfruit2 Starfruits shoot stars in 5 directions. USD: $3.99 Shoots big stars rapidly in five directions. 150 Fast
Hypno-shroom Hypno-shroom2 When zombies eat Hypno-shrooms, they will turn around and fight for you. USD: $3.99 The zombie that eats it turns into a hypnotized Gargantuar. The Gargantuar it becomes depends on the time period it is used in. 125 Sluggish
Pea-nut Pea-nut2 Pea-nuts can shoot peas and block zombies. USD: $2.99 Fires 60 peas and gives it a hard helmet for an extra strength 80 bites of health. 150 Mediocre
Chomper Chomper2 Chompers can swallow a zombie whole, but they are vulnerable while chewing. USD: $3.99 Sucks in the three closest zombies to the Chomper relative to the front of it. After the zombies are defeated, it burps pushing any additional zombies to the left of the screen. 150 Fast
Homing Thistle Homing Thistle2 Homing Thistles fire seeking shots at targets that are closest to home. 109 gems Shoots many glowing blue projectiles that target zombies on the screen. 250 Mediocre
Hurrikale Hurrikale2 Hurrikales push back all zombies in their lane with a chilling wind. 129 gems N/A 100 Mediocre

Limited time

Plant Image Description Purchase cost Plant Food upgrade Sun cost Recharge Release date Removal date Update
Ghost Pepper Ghost Pepper2 Ghost Peppers haunt zombies that pass by and explode after a limited time. 109 gems Haunts all the zombies in an five-by-three area, dealing huge damage, and resetting the timer. 75 Mediocre October 14, 2014 November 4, 2014 2.9
Sweet Potato Sweet Potato2 Sweet Potatoes attract zombies from other lanes when they are close by. 109 gems Fully heals itself and attracts zombies in a greater area. 300 Sluggish November 11, 2014 December 18, 2014 3.0
Sap-fling Sap-fling2 Sap-flings create zombie-slowing puddles of sap. USD: $3.99 Throws several saps randomly on lawn. 150 Fast December  3, 2014 Available 3.1

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