For the version in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, see Iceberg Lettuce.
Don't get lost staring into Iceberg's adorably cute eyes. If you do, it will be your last step... but only if you're a zombie.

Iceberg Lettuce's Almanac entry

Iceberg Lettuce is the second plant obtained in Ancient Egypt in Plants vs. Zombies 2. It freezes the first zombie that comes into contact with it, exploding in the process. If the frozen zombie is attacked by a fire-based plant such as the Snapdragon, the zombie will be thawed and will continue to advance. Unless the freezing effect is interrupted, it lasts 10 seconds. Zombies from Frostbite Caves and most of them from Sky City are resistant to the freezing effect, as they only become chilled instead of being fully frozen by Iceberg Lettuce.


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Iceberg Lettuce is based on the real life iceberg lettuce, a variant of the plant Lactuca sativa, known as lettuce in English, with crisper leaves that grow in a spherical head resembling cabbage.

Iceberg Lettuce's name is pun on its icy based appearance and ability to freeze zombies.

Almanac entry

Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.

Iceberg Lettuce


FAMILY: Winter-mint

Iceberg Lettuces freeze a zombie when stepped on.

Usage: single use, on contact
Special: explodes, temporarily freezing a zombie

Don't get lost staring into Iceberg's adorably cute eyes. If you do, it will be your last step... but only if you're a zombie.


Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food ability (animated)

Plant Food effect

When given Plant Food, Iceberg Lettuce will glow from the inside and cover the entire screen in a blue flash before freezing all grounded enemies for 10 seconds, similar to Ice-shroom's effect from the original Plants vs. Zombies.

Iceberg Lettuce will not disappear after this, and will turn into the regular Iceberg Lettuce until it is dug up or used. Airborne enemies are not affected, while zombies from Frostbite Caves are slowed down instead. Using fire based plants will thaw the frozen zombies.

Winter-mint effect

When boosted by Winter-mint, Iceberg Lettuce's freeze duration is increased by 20 seconds. In addition, zombies frozen by a Winter-mint boosted Iceberg Lettuce will be chilled for 30 seconds when thawed. Its chill duration will increase by 30 seconds starting at level 5. Iceberg Lettuce will also freeze all zombies in a 3x3 (5x5 starting at level 16) area while boosted.

Level upgrade

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
1 0 0 0 20 seconds 15 seconds 10 seconds 0 seconds Single
2 3 50 19 seconds 14 seconds 11 seconds 0 seconds
3 10 200 18 seconds 13 seconds 12 seconds 0 seconds
4 25 1,500 18 seconds 13 seconds 13 seconds 0 seconds
5 50 2,000 18 seconds 13 seconds 14 seconds 15 seconds
6 75 3,000 17 seconds 12 seconds 15 seconds 15 seconds
7 100 4,000 16 seconds 11 seconds 16 seconds 16 seconds
8 125 5,000 15 seconds 10 seconds 17 seconds 16 seconds
9 175 6,000 15 seconds 10 seconds 18 seconds 19 seconds
10 225 8,000 15 seconds 10 seconds 19 seconds 20 seconds
11 300 10,000 14 seconds 9 seconds 20 seconds 20 seconds 1x3
12 350 15,000 13 seconds 8 seconds 20 seconds 21 seconds
13 350 20,000 12 seconds 7 seconds 20 seconds 21 seconds
14 400 25,000 12 seconds 7 seconds 20 seconds 23 seconds
15 450 30,000 12 seconds 7 seconds 20 seconds 24 seconds
16 500 35,000 12 seconds 7 seconds 20 seconds 24 seconds 3x3
17 550 40,000 11 seconds 6 seconds 20 seconds 25 seconds
18 600 45,000 10 seconds 5 seconds 20 seconds 25 seconds
19 700 50,000 10 seconds 5 seconds 20 seconds 28 seconds
20 800 55,000 10 seconds 5 seconds 20 seconds 30 seconds

*After reaching Level 5, Iceberg Lettuce will be able to chill zombies after freezing them. This column will show its chill duration after the freezing effect.

Mastery upgrade

  • Chance to Boost
  • Damage Pierce

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New.png Iceberg Lettuce Upgrade 1.png
Ranged Attack
Iceberg Lettuce can attack zombies three tiles in front of it. The attack does not slow zombies and can be deflected by Hammer Zombie.
Combat Training
Iceberg Lettuce gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Iceberg Lettuce Upgrade 2.png
Enhanced Range
Iceberg Lettuce can attack zombies five tiles in front of it, the attack is slightly more powerful.
Cell Activation
Iceberg Lettuce gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).

Note: Iceberg Lettuce cannot be upgraded to level 4.

Costumed (China only)

When given Plant Food, all zombies will be frozen for ten seconds and some Power Snow snowballs will be thrown to them.

Plants vs. Zombies Online (China only) (Archived content)

In Adventure Mode

Attacks all enemies every 3 turns with a chance to freeze them.


Iceberg Lettuce allows the player to delay a single zombie, giving them time to produce sun to purchase additional plants. It can also be used to stun tough zombies in place, allowing more time for the plants to deal damage before the threat can move to near the plants. Overall, Iceberg Lettuce will be rendered redundant by Stunion if Plant Food and sun cost is not taken into the equation, as Stunion can stun more zombies at a time and works better with fire plants and versus Frostbite Caves zombies. Once it reaches Level 11, however, it becomes more or less equal to Stunion as it can now stun an approximate 1x2 area of zombies. At Level 16, it freezes zombies in a medium area.

The Plant Food ability is perhaps Iceberg Lettuce's most useful aspect. While Stunion's can only disable enemies in a limited area, Iceberg Lettuce can freeze all zombies present, effectively halting the entire level for a while. Because of this, Iceberg Lettuce can stay relevant in higher levels in Endless Zones, most notably in tandem with Tile Turnip.

In Ancient Egypt, Iceberg Lettuce will be the first option available to put out Explorer Zombies' torches. It can also freeze a whole line of Camel Zombies, if it managed to freeze any zombie in the line. Iceberg Lettuce can also be used as a countermeasure against Chicken Wrangler Zombies, as they cannot release Zombie Chickens when frozen. However, Iceberg Lettuce should not be used in tandem with fire-based plants such as Snapdragon, Fire Peashooter and Pepper-pult, as they will thaw frozen zombies and render Iceberg Lettuce useless.

The player should make Iceberg Lettuce a priority in all Endless Zones except for Icebound Battleground. Its use is very helpful from there. From stalling zombies to minimizing the lag (in higher levels), the Iceberg Lettuce is a plant not to be conserved. Though, using its Plant Food ability maybe detrimental to the next level, the player should bring Power Lily as well in order to use the Iceberg Lettuce's full potential for the subsequent waves. Timing is necessary since the arrival of the next batch of zombies is sometimes unpredictable.

Avoid using this plant in Frostbite Caves, as it only slows zombies in this world instead of freezing them, making plants like Stunion and Stallia more optimal choices.

Related achievements

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20 Below Zero
Freeze twenty zombies with a single Iceberg Lettuce.


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  • It cannot freeze Zombot Sphinx-inator, but it can slow it down.
    • Before the 2.3 update, if a missile from the Zombot hit it, it would disappear and would still somehow slow down the Zombot.
  • After the 1.9 update, it will not activate when a zombie is frozen, stunned by Chili Bean or Stunion , buttered by Kernel-pult, or disabled by E.M.Peach.
    • However, this still happens in the Chinese version.
  • In the Plants vs. Zombies: Official Guide to Protecting Your Brains book, it is referred to as "Iceberg."
  • In Plants vs. Zombies Online, it can stop the fireball of Sphinx.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies Online, it can stop more than one zombies that step on it. However, the freeze time is much shorter.
  • It sometimes is not fast enough to freeze a zombie, and will simply disappear without exerting its effect. This usually happens with faster zombies.
  • Crazy Dave keeps the Iceberg Lettuce in his fridge in the trailer, referring to how it is made of ice.
  • Placing Iceberg Lettuce at the Gargantuar's back will force it to smash it, but instead of being crushed, it will freeze the Gargantuar.
  • Its Plant Food ability functions nearly identical to the ability of Ice-shroom from Plants vs. Zombies.
    • The difference is that Ice-shroom deals 20 damage per shot when freezing the zombies, while Iceberg Lettuce does not. Also, Ice-shroom freezes zombies for a shorter period of time, but leaves a chilling effect.
  • If the player manages to freeze 20 zombies at once via its Plant Food ability, the player will earn the 20 Below Zero achievement.
    • This is a reference to the first PvZ game's achievement of the same name.
  • If it shoots an iceball in the Chinese version of the game, it will look slightly different. This will last until it dies or gets used up.
  • Its Plant Food ability doesn't freeze the zombies that are protected by Glitter Zombie's rainbow trail during its jam.
  • Its Plant Food ability cannot affect flying zombies, probably because their feet are off the ground so icicles cannot appear, as it is a characteristic of frozen zombies. However, they are not even chilled.
  • In the Chinese version of the game, it is possible for this to cost a negative number of sun via Plant Families.
  • According to its costume description in the Store (formerly), it was said that its white earmuff costumes was "made from real Yeti fur."
  • Starting at the 7.5.1 update, the zombies will attack Iceberg Lettuce if planted nearby them while it's proceeding to freeze a zombie. This will keep going until the snowflakes texture disappears. Also in this version, if it is stunned by Boombox Zombie's ballad jam effect, it will be killed by any zombie that comes and bites it. Before this update, the zombies ignored it and when it was stunned by Boombox Zombie's ballad jam effect, a zombie that came into contact with it would be frozen (this made it activate despite being under the ballad jam effect).
  • There is a glitch which causes level 5+ Iceberg Lettuce's chill time to be much shorter. That's becasue its freeze time and chill time superpose.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies Online, Iceberg Lettuce's effect only lasted for five seconds.

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Player's House Peashooter · Sunflower · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Cabbage-pult
Ancient Egypt Bloomerang · Iceberg Lettuce · Grave Buster · Bonk Choy · Repeater · Twin Sunflower
Pirate Seas Kernel-pult · Snapdragon · Spikeweed · Spring Bean · Coconut Cannon · Threepeater · Spikerock · Cherry Bomb
Wild West Split Pea · Chili Bean · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Melon-pult · Tall-nut · Winter Melon
Frostbite Caves Hot Potato · Pepper-pult · Chard Guard · Stunion · Rotobaga
Lost City Red Stinger · A.K.E.E. · Endurian · Stallia · Gold Leaf
Far Future Laser Bean · Blover · Citron · E.M.Peach · Infi-nut · Magnifying Grass · Tile Turnip
Dark Ages Sun-shroom · Puff-shroom · Fume-shroom · Sun Bean · Magnet-shroom
Neon Mixtape Tour Phat Beet · Celery Stalker · Thyme Warp · Garlic · Spore-shroom · Intensive Carrot
Jurassic Marsh Primal Peashooter · Primal Wall-nut · Perfume-shroom · Primal Sunflower · Primal Potato Mine
Big Wave Beach Lily Pad · Tangle Kelp · Bowling Bulb · Guacodile · Banana Launcher
Modern Day Moonflower · Nightshade · Shadow-shroom · Dusk Lobber · Grimrose
Money Snow Pea · Power Lily · Imitater · Chomper · Sweet Potato · Toadstool · Strawburst · Cactus · Electric Blueberry · Jack O' Lantern · Grapeshot · Cold Snapdragon · Escape Root · Gold Bloom · Wasabi Whip · Kiwibeast · Apple Mortar · Witch Hazel · Parsnip · Missile Toe · Caulipower · Electric Peashooter · Holly Barrier
Gems Squash · Jalapeno · Hypno-shroom · Pea-nut · Homing Thistle · Ghost Pepper · Sap-fling · Hurrikale · Fire Peashooter · Lava Guava · Shrinking Violet · Electric Currant
Mints Fila-mint · Pepper-mint · Winter-mint · Reinforce-mint · Bombard-mint · Ail-mint · Enchant-mint · Contain-mint · Enforce-mint · Arma-mint · Conceal-mint · Spear-mint · Appease-mint
Seed packets Torchwood · Starfruit · Dandelion · Blooming Heart · Bombegranate · Explode-O-Nut · Aloe · Hot Date · Solar Tomato · Enlighten-mint · Shadow Peashooter · Goo Peashooter · Sling Pea · Snap Pea · Zoybean Pod · Electrici-tea · Dazey Chain · Blastberry Vine · Pokra · Imp Pear · Pyre Vine · Pumpkin · Ice Bloom · Dartichoke · Ultomato · Gumnut · Shine Vine · Tumbleweed · Olive Pit · Puffball · Explode-o-Vine · Murkadamia Nut · Turkey-pult · Headbutter Lettuce · Boingsetta · Stickybomb Rice · Hocus Crocus · Gloom Vine · Draftodil
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