For the version in Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars, see Grimrose.

Grimrose is the fifth and last plant obtained in Modern Day in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It instantly kills the strongest grounded zombie on the lane (but deals only 600 damage per shot to Gargantuars and mechanical enemies) by dragging it into the ground. It will immobilize the targeted enemy, and targets the whole lane. Once it drags a zombie into the ground, it will disappear.

When powered by Moonflower, Grimrose can defeat up to three enemies before disappearing; the remaining charges are represented by the stamens on Grimrose's head. If a powered Grimrose is depleted of its shadow field, it will temporarily lose its charge and be only capable of defeating one enemy before expiring. The charges will be restored when Grimrose is repowered.



Grimrose is based on the Onagraceae, a family of flowing plants commonly referred to as evening primroses. Its name is a portmanteau of grim, referring to the way it defeats zombies whilst being a shadow plant, and primrose, the real-life plant this plant is based on.

Its straw hat costume resembles the Asian conical hat.

One of its costumes is a possible reference to Negaduck, a character from the 1990s cartoon, Darkwing Duck.

It can also be a reference to Carmen Sandiego, a character from the 1990s video game, and two television shows.

Its French name, being "nécRose", is a play on the word "nécrose" (necrosis) and "rose," referring the fact that zombies are mostly depicted as dead.

Almanac entry




AREA: Lane
FAMILY: Conceal-mint

Grimroses are shadow plants that behave like landbound Tangle Kelps, dragging zombies into the dirt.

Special: powered Grimroses can drag 3 zombies before expiring.

"When you think about it, the proper place for a zombie is in the ground," says Grimrose. "So, really, I'm just expediting the process."


Plant Food effect

When fed with Plant Food, Grimrose submerges itself on the ground (similar to how it expires) and drags the strongest grounded zombie on the lawn into the ground. If Grimrose targets a Gargantuar or a mechanical enemy, it will only deal 600 damage per shot to it. This action does not remove any stamens from Grimrose.

Conceal-mint effect

When boosted by Conceal-mint, Grimrose's damage to zombies it can't instantly defeat is increased by 1200 DPS. It will be powered even if not adjacent to a Moonflower.

Level upgrades

Level Seed Packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge (Sluggish) Starting Recharge Toughness (Typical) Damage (Heavy)* Area
1 0 0 75 20 seconds 15 seconds 300 dps 600 dps Lane
2 10 1,000 19 seconds 14 seconds 700 dps
3 75 5,000 18 seconds 14 seconds 800 dps
4 200 10,000 17 seconds 13 seconds 900 dps
5 400 20,000 16 seconds 13 seconds 1000 dps
6 750 30,000 15 seconds 12 seconds 1100 dps
7 1,000 40,000 50 15 seconds 12 seconds 1200 dps
8 1,250 50,000 14 seconds 11 seconds
9 1,500 60,000 13 seconds 11 seconds
10 2,000 75,000 12 seconds 10 seconds

*Column shows its damage to Gargantuars and mechanical enemies.
Note: Unlike Tangle Kelp, the amount of zombies it drags (3) does not increase in higher levels.

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Grimrose Upgrade 1.png
There is a 10% chance after dragging a zombie, Grimrose will remain instead of disappearing.
Combat Training
Grimrose gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Grimrose Upgrade 2.png
The chance Grimrose remains after dragging a zombie is increased.
Cell Activation
Grimrose gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New.png AbilityAwakendIcon.png
Ability Awaken
Grimrose may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Grimrose gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).
LevelIcon5New.png Grimrose Upgrade 3.png
Shadow Blast
After dragging a zombie into the ground, Grimrose will release a shadow explosion on the spot, dealing heavy damage to all zombies in a 1x1 area
Fighting Power
Grimrose gains another 50% more attack power and health (300% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

When drags the strongest grounded zombie on the lawn, Grimrose drags more 2 random zombies on the lawn.


While it is truly better than Tangle Kelps, since these can be used anywhere, its downside is the extra 50 sun needed for planting, and another 50 sun if a Moonflower is used along with this and its Plant Food ability, which only drags one zombie. It is also better than Tangle Kelp in terms of range and which zombie it drags. Also, it can drag zombies in the water, as long as you have a Lily Pad to plant it. The increased range and ability to drag more zombies can significantly increase it's usefulness in the long run.

Like with some instants like Ghost Pepper or Shrinking Violet, you have a short time to dig Grimrose up before it disappears. Try digging for refunded sun.

It is recommended to bring this plant with a Moonflower so you do not have to replant these all over again. You should also bring it with Shadow-shroom when you are playing La Brainsa Tarpits, as this combo can be useful. Shadow-shroom will poison and kill the headwear zombies while Grimrose can focus on damaging the Gargantuars or dragging down the Jurassic Bullies.

Aside from prioritizing the strongest zombies first, it can also drag the zombies behind it, making it useful against Imps thrown by Gargantuars, Zombie Bulls or kicked by All-Star Zombies; zombies carried by pterodactyls, launched by stegosauruses, or kicked by raptors; or Prospector Zombies that reach the back.

This is a great Gargantuar staller since it can only be smashed while dragging zombies down, and any zombie it tries to drag, will be immobilized.

It is not recommended to use this plant in Far Future as they require multiple drags to kill a mechanical enemy, as well as, they cannot drag a Jetpack Zombie or a Disco Jetpack Zombie.

Related achievement

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The Shadow Family
Complete a level with 20 powered Shadow Plants


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  • Its Almanac entry says "the proper place for a zombie is in the ground," alluding how zombies usually rise from tombstones or the ground.
  • If a Plant Food is used on it with zero stamens (when it's about to expire), the plant will perform its Plant Food effect and will remain on the lawn, and is able to perform one last attack before expiring. More Plant Food means it can stay longer.
  • It will not die when it gets smashed by a Gargantuar, gets eaten by a zombie, destroyed by shockwaves, or by a laser fired from the Gargantuar Prime or the Zombot Dinotronic Mechasaur. The only ways are either using a shovel, or when it has dragged enough zombies. However, it can be defeated when a missile from the Zombot Dinotronic Mechasaur hits it.
  • After it loses its stamen(s), it can still be shoveled up for sun before disappearing.
  • It has three stamens in its seed packet even though it is not powered. It's possibly a beta design.
  • It, Tangle Kelp, Shadow Peashooter, and Conceal-mint are the plants can drag zombies into the ground.

See also

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