For other uses, see Lily Pad (disambiguation).

Lily Pad is an aquatic plant appearing in both main series Plants vs. Zombies series games. He can only be planted on water tiles, namely on pool rows in Pool and Fog levels in the first game and flooded tiles in the Big Wave Beach levels in the second game, creating a platform upon which other plants can be placed. He is an environment modifier.


Lilly pad pond flower stock by Enchantedgal Stock

He is based on the lily pad, which are the leaves of the Nymphaeaceae plant family, which consists of flowering water plants, also known as water lilies.

His ability to have plants being planted on him may be based on the popular image of small aquatic animals such as frogs and toads resting on top of lily pads.

Lily Pad's slightly altered appearance in Plants vs. Zombies 2 is based on the Queen Victoria's Water Lily (Victoria amazonica), the largest water lily on earth, due to the newly added rim around the edge of his body.

His costume is a reference to the flowers of the real life plant he is based on, which turn from white to pink when they get pollinated.


Plants vs. Zombies

Lily Pad is unlocked after the player has completed Level 2-10. All underground plants, Flower Pot and other aquatic plants with the exception of Cattail cannot be placed on Lily Pad.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Lily Pad is unlocked after completing Big Wave Beach - Day 1, and is unique to that world. Unlike in the first game, Lily Pad is only vulnerable when there is water underneath; if the tide recedes and Lily Pad is on dry land, he cannot be targeted by any zombie other than Gargantuars and Surfer Zombies. Likewise, underground plants cannot be planted on Lily Pad.

Unlike other plants, a planted Lily Pad has only a small chance to refund with sun if dug up with the upgraded shovel. He also cannot be revived by Intensive Carrot, unless he was smashed on wet sand by a Deep Sea Gargantuar.

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies

New lily pad almanac

Almanac entry of the Lily Pad

Lily Pad

Lily Pads let you plant non-aquatic plants on top of them.

Special: non-aquatic plants can be planted on top of it
Must be planted in water

Lily Pad never complains. Lily Pad never wants to know what's going on. Put a plant on top of Lily Pad, he won't say a thing. Does he have startling opinions or shocking secrets? Nobody knows. Lily Pad keeps it all inside.

Cost: 25
Recharge: fast

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Lily Pad



Lily Pads let you plant non-aquatic plants on top of them.

Usage: can also be planted under non-aquatic plants

Not many people know this, but Lily Pad absolutely loves square dancing. There he is, a circular plant gliding across the dance floor making squares. He loves how it pushes his boundaries and really makes him think outside the sphere.


Plants vs. Zombies


Cattails uses homing spikes to attack in any lane, and can even hit Balloon Zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies 2


Lily Pad's Plant Food ability

Plant Food effect

When given Plant Food, Lily Pad will spawn four copies of himself in adjacent tiles. if there were already Lily Pads around him, he will heal them (if they were ever harmed in the first place). These copies do not provide sun when dug up.

Costumed  (China only)

He creates Lily Pads in a 3x3 area around him.

Level upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge (Fast) Toughness (Typical)
1 0 0 25 5 seconds 300 dps
2 10 1,000 4.5 seconds 350 dps
3 75 5,000 4.5 seconds 400 dps
4 200 10,000 4.5 seconds 450 dps
5 400 20,000 0 4.5 seconds 550 dps
6 750 30,000 4 seconds 600 dps
7 1,000 40,000 4 seconds 650 dps
8 1,250 50,000 3.5 seconds 700 dps
9 1,500 60,000 3.5 seconds 800 dps
10 2,000 75,000 3 seconds 900 dps


Lily Pad is a vital plant in levels with water lanes, as he allows deployment of other land-based plants to guard those lanes possible. While aquatic and aerial options are also available for this task such as Tangle Kelp, Sea-shroom in the first game and Rotobaga, Ghost Pepper, Guacodile and Caulipower in the second game, they either lack area-of-effect capability and thus can be overwhelmed by the ever-increasing amount of zombies present, or they're limited use plants that don't stay on the lawn in the long term. The player should still exercise caution when planting Lily Pads however, as this effectively means that all plants will have their cost increased by 25 sun, which can become substantial if there are extensive plans to use water tiles.

Plants vs. Zombies

Lily Pad can be used to bait Dolphin Rider Zombies into jumping early, slowing them down in the process. He also costs only 25 sun.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Lily Pad's importance has further increased in the second game. As the tides can fully cover the entire field and any ground plant not on a Lily Pad will be swept away by the tide, Lily Pad can effectively be considered equivalent to Flower Pot on the Roof levels. The short recharge time and cheap price also allows Lily Pad to work as a bait to force Deep Sea Gargantuars and Surfer Zombies to use their attack early, depleting the latter's surfboards and preventing them from harming other plants.

Planting ground plants that have to let zombies walk over to be damaged like Spikeweed, Spikerock, or Celery Stalker when the tide is low is not recommended as zombies can eat the Lily Pad and the plant will fall in the water when the tide is high.

Related achievements

Pool's closed
Pool's Closed
Complete a pool level without using aquatic plants.
Collect all 49 plants.
Book Learner
The Complete Zombie2
The Complete Zombie
You've won every trophy, climbed every mountain, defeated every zombie, planted every plant. Congratulations!


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Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • When trying to plant him on the ground, the game says "Lily Pads can only be planted on water."
  • He is one of the twelve plants that appear in the seed selection screen after obtaining Grave Buster on the online version, the others being Ice-shroom, Doom-shroom, Potato Mine, Threepeater, Tangle Kelp, Jalapeno, Spikeweed, Torchwood, Tall-nut, Cactus, and Blover.
  • In the Nintendo DS version, his animation is static and does not float up and down.
  • If any Imitater aquatic plants are planted on the water, the "splash" sound and effect will happen twice.
  • In the iPhone, iPod Touch and Java version of the game, his seed packet shows him facing backwards.
  • Lily Pad is always pre-chosen in every pool level in the Java version of the game.
  • The player will receive a warning when they receive Lily Pad: "Make sure to pick a Lily Pad for all Pool levels."

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • If the player tried to bring him on any Far Future level before Day 8, the text will say "Complete future10 to unlock using Lily Pad on this level." The same glitch occurred with Tangle Kelp. This bug was fixed in the 3.2.1 update.
  • He, Hot Potato and Perfume-shroom are the only plants without Endless Zone cards.
  • Before the 4.0 update, pre-planted or Plant Food-created Lily Pads could give sun, effectively bolstering sun production, specifically in Last Stand levels. This mechanic was somewhat removed however, though all pre-placed Lily Pads at the start of a level will still give sun.
  • When being eaten, instead of flashing white briefly to signify a loss of health, he turns white completely for the duration of the zombie eating him. It is unknown why he does this.
  • If one looks closely at him, they will notice the plant blowing bubbles underwater and frowns after a few seconds.
  • If the player looks closely, they might notice that there is an array of Lily Pads in the moat in Dark Ages.
    • However, they look nothing like the plantable Lily Pads.
  • It is the first plant that can fit other plants in its own tile in the game, with the second being Blastberry Vine.

Specific to Chinese version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 (China only)

  • He is the only two non-instant-use plants that do not have a dancing animation caused by Sunflower Singer.
  • In the Almanac, he is shown on the ground, and not in the water. The same applies to all other aquatic plants and zombies. It is not like this in the international version, so this might be a mistake.

See also

V · T · E
Plants (Tower defense)
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Night Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut · Giant Sunflower · Giant Marigold · Sprout · Reverse Repeater
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