They are based on the vanilla orchid, likely the flat-leaved vanilla (Vanilla planifolia), an orchid from the genus of the same name whose fruit is harvested for its extract and also has the most popular aroma and flavor. The vanilla flower's shape and projectile may also be references to an ice cream cone and vanilla ice cream, a popular ice cream flavor made from vanilla extract.
They are also a pun on the aforementioned plant, the flavoring it produces, and the adjective meaning of "vanilla," describing the simplest version of something, without any optional extras, basic or ordinary, referring to their lack of traits and abilities, and possibly the vanilla flavor of ice cream (which is its projectile) as well, which is sometimes described as boring and flavorless. This is also referenced in their description, as they claim to have nothing interesting to say.
- Class: Smarty
- Tribes: Bean Flower Plant
- Traits: None
- Abilities: None
- Set - Rarity: Premium - Uncommon
"I'm sorry, it's just... I have nothing interesting to say."
- Description change: Quotation marks were added on the start and end of their description.
- Set - Rarity change: Basic - Common → Premium - Uncommon
- ▲ Tribe added: Bean
- Design change: Vanilla bean added.
Vanilla has decent stats for a 3 plant, although they have a lack of traits and abilities that makes them outclassed later on. If you are playing as Rose, they can provide a use in conjunction with Briar Rose and Power Flower. Because of their stats, they are immune to a variety of instant-kill cards when played on the third turn such as Rolling Stone, Weed Spray, and Rocket Science, with a few exceptions being Slammin' Smackdown or Electrobolt.
If you are playing as Nightcap or Citron, however, then Sportacus may be a better option to use if you have access to it, as it has the same class, stats and cost as Vanilla, but with different tribes that each character can synergize it with (the mushroom tribe for Nightcap and the nut tribe for Citron) and a powerful ability. If you are using a bean deck, Cool Bean may also be more useful, since it has the ability to Freeze gravestones. However, neither Sportacus or Cool Bean have flower synergy.
This plant is relatively harmless, but early on in the game, they can prove to be a moderate threat due to their somewhat above-average stats for a 3 plant. In addition, the two aforementioned flowers can make them more formidable. The best way to dispose of this is to use something cheap, but strong at the same time. Glass cannons such as Tennis Champ or Cuckoo Zombie can destroy them with ease. If you are desperate, tricks are an alternative way to get rid of this plant.
Knockout is the best counter to this plant, since it can destroy Vanilla and any other plant on its lane instantly. You can also use superpowers like Slammin' Smackdown or Electrobolt, although there will most likely be better targets for them.
- Before update 1.2.11, their description was grammatically incorrect, since their description is a quote from them, but there were no quotation marks at the start or end of the description.
- They, Banana Split and Half-Banana are the only plants that attack zombies with ice cream.
- In their textures, you can see a vanilla bean leaning on the vanilla flower on the left.