- 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 2: It's About Time and the player's main defense against the undead assailants.
A total of 30 plants return from the first game, seven of which are now premium plants that must first be bought from the in-game store with real money before they can be used. The majority of losses from the first game are due to environmental differences between the levels of the two games. For example, there are no pool levels yet in Plants vs. Zombies 2: it's About Time, so no aquatic plants are present. Additionally, eighteen new plants were added, two of which are premium plants, bringing the grand total up to 48. However, there are four plants exclusive to China in the Kung-Fu World and two new plants, so including them brings the total to 54.
In the months following the game's release, PopCap 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
- Fast - 7.5 seconds
- Mediocre - 15 seconds
- Sluggish - 30 seconds
- Slow - 50 seconds
- Very Slow - 1 minute 7.5 seconds
|Plant||Image||Description||Unlocked||Plant Food Upgrade||Sun cost||Recharge|
|Sunflower||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 sun||Fast|
|Peashooter||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 sun||Fast|
|Wall-nut||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 extra strength.||50 sun||Sluggish|
|Potato Mine||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 2 armed potato mines on random places.||25 sun||Sluggish|
|Bloomerang||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 sun||Fast|
|Cabbage-pult||Cabbage-pults hurl cabbages at the enemy.||After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 2||Launches several cabbages at once, hitting every zombie onscreen.||100 sun||Fast|
|Iceberg Lettuce||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 sun||Sluggish|
|Grave Buster||Grave Busters consume graves they're planted on.||After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 9||N/A||0 sun||Mediocre|
|Twin Sunflower||Twin Sunflowers give twice as much sun as a normal sunflower.||After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 24||Produces 250 sun.||125 sun||Mediocre|
|Bonk Choy||Bonk Choys rapidly punch nearby enemies that are ahead or behind them.||After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 13||Punches zombies around it in a small area at a high rate.||150 sun||Fast|
|Repeater||Repeaters fire two peas at one time.||After beating Ancient Egypt - Day 19||Shoots 90 peas, then shoots a larger pea that does 30 normal damage shots.||200 sun||Fast|
|Kernel-pult||Kernel-pults flings corn kernels and butter at zombies.||After beating Pirate Seas - Day 1||Fires butter at every zombie on the lawn.||100 sun||Fast|
|Snapdragon||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 3x3 area in front of it dealing massive damage.||150 sun||Fast|
|Spikeweed||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 sun||Fast|
|Coconut Cannon||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. The Coconut immediately explodes if it hits a tombstone.||400 sun||Fast|
|Cherry Bomb||Cherry Bombs can blow up all zombies in an area. They have a short fuse so plant them near zombies.||After beating Pirate Seas - Day 24||N/A||150 sun||Slow|
|Spring Bean||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 sun||Sluggish|
|Spikerock||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 sun||Fast|
|Threepeater||Threepeaters shoot peas in three lanes.||After beating Pirate Seas - Day 14||Shoots a widespread volley of peas in front of it.||300 sun||Fast|
|Split Pea||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 sun||Fast|
|Chili Bean||Chili Beans deliver a crippling bout of gastrointestinal distress.||After beating Wild West - Day 4||Launches 3 extra beans in random places.||50 sun||Sluggish|
|Lightning Reed||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 sun||Fast|
|Tall-nut||Tall-nuts are heavy-duty wall plants that block low flying zombies.||After beating Wild West - Day 18||Gives it a hard armor for extra strength like Wall-nut.||125 sun||Sluggish|
|Pea Pod||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. Can instantly kill Poncho Zombie when it has the poncho (before 2.4.1 update).||125 sun||Fast|
|Melon-pult||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 sun||Fast|
|Winter Melon||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 sun||Fast|
|Laser Bean||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 sun||Fast|
|Blover||Blovers blow away all zombies in the air.||After beating Far Future - Day 3||N/A||50 sun||Fast|
|Citron||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 sun||Fast|
|E.M.Peach||E.M.Peaches explode and disable all machines in an area.||After beating Far Future - Day 9||N/A||25 sun||Sluggish|
|Infi-nut||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 sun||Mediocre|
|Magnifying Grass||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 sun||Fast|
|Tile Turnip||Tile Turnips create a Power Tile on planting.||After beating Far Future - Day 24||N/A||0 sun (increases to 250 after first planting, and doubles every subsequent planting)||Mediocre|
|Sun-shroom||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 sun||Fast|
|Puff-shroom||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 sun||Fast|
|Fume-shroom||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 sun||Fast|
|Sun Bean||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 sun||Sluggish|
|Magnet-shroom||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|
|Marigold||Marigolds give you rewards in Zen Garden.||Only in Zen Garden||0 sun|
Chinese plants (Chinese version only)
|Plant||Image||Description||Unlocked||Plant Food Ability||Sun Cost||
|White Radish||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 they cannot be pulled or sucked too.||5 stars||It multiplies by one radishes, place on top of it.||50 sun||Sluggish|
|Fire Gourd||Fire Gourd breathes fires that deals moderate damage. Unfortunately, this attack is short-ranged.Fire Gourd sleeps after being tapped on.||It requires 10 Fire Gourd Puzzle Pieces to unlock||Upon using a Plant Food, the Fire Gourd will breathe fire at all squares in front of it.||200 sun||Fast|
|Heavenly Peach||Heavenly Peach heals other plants that surrounds it.||It requires 10 Peach Puzzle Pieces to unlock.||Heavenly Peach will make all plants surrounding it temporarily invulnerable.||125 sun||Fast|
|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||Using Plant Food, Bamboo Shoot will hit the last zombies in each line (and any zombies very close to it). If they have low enough hitpoints, they will be flung off the screen.||175 sun||Fast|
|Carrot Missile Truck||Carrot Missile Truck shoots four carrot missiles at zombies, it needs to sleep after firing like Coconut Cannon and Fire Gourd.||It requires 30 Carrot Missile Truck Puzzle Pieces to unlock.||It shoots a big carrot to the ground, when it is eaten, it explodes. Also, if it hits a zombie directly, the zombie explodes.||450 sun||Fast|
|Dandelion||Dandelion throws bombs with splash damage at zombies.||???||Dandelion throws red bombs that home into zombies and does heavy damage.||200 sun||???|
|Plant||Image||Description||Purchase Cost||Plant Food Ability||Sun Cost||Recharge|
|Snow Pea||Snow Peas fire frozen peas making it hard for zombies to advance.||$3.99||Slows down all the zombies in front of it by creating an ice path, then fires 60 frozen peas rapidly.||150 sun||Fast|
|Power Lily||Power Lilies create one Plant Food out of thin air.||$2.99||N/A||175 sun||Very Slow|
|Squash||Squashes will smash the first zombie that gets close.||$2.99||Squashes two random zombies from where it was planted.||50 sun||Sluggish|
|Torchwood||Torchwoods turn peas that pass through them into fireballs that deal twice as much damage.||$3.99||The fire peas become napalm peas and do three times the damage.||175 sun||Fast|
|Jalapeno||Jalapenos destroy an entire lane of zombies.||$2.99||N/A||125 sun||Slow|
|Imitater||Imitaters let you use two of the same plant during a level!||$2.99||Same as the Imitated Plant.||As the imitated plant||Same as the imitated plant|
|Starfruit||Starfruits shoot stars in 5 directions.||$3.99||Shoots big stars rapidly in five directions.||150 sun||Fast|
|Hypno-shroom||When zombies eat Hypno-shrooms, they will turn around and fight for you.||$3.99||The zombie that eats it turns into a Gargantuar.||125 sun||Sluggish|
|Pea-nut||Pea-nuts can shoot peas and block zombies.||$2.99||Fire 60 peas and gives it a hard helmet for extra strength.||150 sun||Mediocre|
- Gatling Pea - Using Plant Food on a Peashooter or Repeater temporarily upgrades it into a plant that resembles the Gatling Pea.
- Flower Pot - The plants in the Zen Garden are in Flower Pots.
- Lily Pad - The moat in front of the castle in Dark Ages has some Lily Pads floating in it.
- Chomper - Chomper is mentioned in the Dark Ages - Night 20 dialogue.
- The plants (except some like Wall-nut, Tall-nut, Pea-nut) now take four bites before being eaten.
- More plants start with the letter "S" than any other letter, with eleven.
- Four of these plants are introduced in Pirate Seas.
- Twin Sunflower, Winter Melon, Spikerock are no longer upgrade plants. Instead, they can now be planted like normal plants.
- Excluding the Chomper, all plants from the Day area of Plants vs. Zombies reappear in this game.
- The player can only use premium plants for free in the following levels:
- Piñata Party;
- In Far Future - Day 20, Starfruits are the endangered plants;
- In Dark Ages - Night 4, Hypno-shrooms are available via conveyor belt;
- In Dark Ages - Night 8, Hypno-shrooms are given to the player as one of the Locked and Loaded plants;
- In Dark Ages - Night 13 and Night 20, Pea-nuts are available via conveyor-belt;
- In Dark Ages - Night 18, Pea-nuts are given to the player.
- Power Lily is the only plant that has a very slow recharge.
- Pea-nut and Power Lily are the only premium plants which do not appear in Plants vs. Zombies.
- Mushrooms no longer sleep in day, they wake up instead.
- In the Chinese version, there are no such thing as Premium Plants. Instead, they are free, except for the Cherry Bomb.
- Snow Pea and Torchwood debut in Ancient Egypt;
- Power Lily debuts in Pirate Seas;
- Squash, Jalapeno and Imitater debut in Wild West;
- Starfruit debuts in Far Future.
- E.M.Peach is the only plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time that has the first letter E.
- Tile Turnip is the most expensive plant in those plants.