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

Moonflower is the first plant obtained in Modern Day in Plants vs. Zombies 2. She is a sun-producing plant, and produces 25 sun (every 32-36 seconds) by default plus another 25 sun for each shadow plant adjacent to her, with the maximum generation being 100 sun for three adjacent shadow plants. Additionally, she generates a 3x3 aura field around her that can power other shadow plants. The aforementioned abilities make her an environment modifier.



Moonflower is based on the plants in the genus Ipomoea, a large and diverse group with common names including morning glory, water convolvulus or kangkung, sweet potato, bindweed, moonflower, and the like.

Her appearance may be based on the Ipomoea alba or the Ipomoea violacea and her blue coloration may be based on the Ipomoea tricolor. Her name can be also a nod on the Sunflower.

Almanac entry




FAMILY: Conceal-mint

Moonflowers radiate a glow that powers up adjacent Shadow plants.

Special: emits sun as well as additional sun for each adjacent shadow plant up to four

Moonflower is a fierce collaborator. She'll collaborate with anything. She'd collaborate with a table if she could.


Plant Food effect

When fed with Plant Food, Moonflower will give an amount of sun equivalent to her normal sun drop, which also follows adjacency bonus from shadow plants. Moonflower will also generate a personal shield that same to Infi-nut's force field but can absorb only 1000 dps, or a smash from a Gargantuar. The shield degrades twice, at 400 and 800 dps, and finally being eaten at 1000 dps. It cannot be burned.

Conceal-mint effect

When boosted by Conceal-mint, Moonflower will produce 300 sun regardless of the amount of shadow plants nearby.

Level upgrades

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge (Mediocre) Toughness (Typical) Sun Production* (Variable) Special (Max Sun)
1 0 0 50 10 seconds 300 dps +25 sun 100
2 10 1,000 9 seconds 350 dps +25 sun 110
3 75 5,000 9 seconds 400 dps +30 sun 110
4 200 10,000 8 seconds 450 dps +30 sun 115
5 400 20,000 8 seconds 550 dps +35 sun 120
6 750 30,000 7 seconds 600 dps +35 sun 130
7 1,000 40,000 7 seconds 650 dps +40 sun 130
8 1,250 50,000 6 seconds 700 dps +40 sun 140
9 1,500 60,000 6 seconds 800 dps +50 sun 140
10 2,000 75,000 25 5 seconds 900 dps +50 sun 150

*This column shows its additional sun per each adjacent shadow plant. It produces 25 sun by default.

Level upgrades (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
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The Gift of The Month
There's a 10% chance of shadow plants placed in the shadow aura immediately get 25 sun.
Combat Training
Moonflower gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New.png Moonflower Upgrade 2.png
Lion God Blessing
Chance of instantly giving 25 sun after a shadow plant was planted in the aura increased
Cell Activation
Moonflower gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
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Ability Awaken
Moonflower may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Moonflower gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Costumed (China only)

Moonflower now creates force fields in 3x3 areas.


When fully powered, Moonflower is undoubtedly a powerful sun generator, as she gives as much sun as Twin Sunflower, plus she can be planted more easily in the early game. It should be noted, however, that she will give sun more slowly when planted away from other shadow plants, and when one is eaten or moved, it can immediately lower the sun production of other Moonflowers, so watch out for zombies like Prospector Zombies, pterodactyls, or Zombie Parrots. Also, take note that Moonflowers bound by Octo Zombie's octopi or turned into a sheep by Wizard Zombie will have their boosting aura removed until they are freed. Placing a 2x2 clump of Moonflowers will instantly power them all up - and it only costs 200 sun.

Moonflower is also a vital plant if the player is considering planting the other shadow plants (Nightshade, Shadow-shroom, Dusk Lobber, Grimrose, and Shadow Peashooter), as Moonflower's shadow field greatly improves their performance. So if the player is considering making the shadow plants their main offensives, plant Moonflowers on strategic tiles that make the aura reach the entire lawn.

However, Moonflower's greatest weakness is her poor Plant Food effect, which makes her a poor choice in the Endless Zone as the sun produced is not enough to quickly prepare a defense against the incoming horde. Using Gold Bloom with her would resolve this. Also, unlike Infi-nut, her force field is very weak and can only protect her lane. However, it, like Infi-nut's force field, cannot be burnt by Explorer Zombie's and Torchlight Zombie's torch. Excavator Zombie will have to destroy her force field before he can shovel her. Moonflower's force field will also effectively stop Fisherman Zombie's hook, preventing her from being pulled by him.


Sound Description
Producing sun

Related achievement

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The Shadow Family
Complete a level with 20 powered Shadow Plants


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  • The wand she "holds" as her costume looks similar to the wand that Sailor Moon owns.
  • Shadow plants that are powered have a similar color scheme to Shadow Flower from Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, but without black shine.
  • When a shadow plant is placed next to Moonflower, it takes a few seconds before getting powered.
  • As a glitch, she could be chosen on Dark Ages - Night 14, but it was still prohibited on other Last Stand levels on the 4.4.1 version. As of the 4.5.1 update, this has been fixed.
    • The same glitch also applied in Sun Bombs levels but was also fixed.
  • She is the second sun-producing plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 that has a unique ability other than to produce sun, the first being Sunflower Singer from the Chinese version.
  • She has a unique, scream-like sound effect when producing sun.
  • She is the only sun-producing plant that appears in a conveyor-belt level, which are Modern Day - Day 34 and Modern Day - Day 44.
    • However, in these levels, she does not produce sun, except when the player feeds her Plant Food.
      • However, the sun will shrink into nothing, and cannot be collected.
  • The design of her petals resembles a crescent moon.
  • If she is planted as part of preparing defenses in Arena, she may not change color when powered up. After pressing 'Let's Rock' however, all powered up Moonflowers will change color.
  • Despite being a sun producing plant Moonflower does not belong to Enlighten-mint family because said plant is also a shadow plant. Shadow plants belong to Conceal-mint family.
    • However, in a Shine Vine Pinata, her seed packets can be found along with other Enlighten-mint family plants

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 · Boingsetta · Stickybomb Rice · Hocus Crocus · Headbutter Lettuce
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