- For other uses, see plants.
Plants are living organisms that belong to the Plantae kingdom. They obtain most of their energy from sunlight in a process called photosynthesis. However, not all plants absorb energy via photosynthesis. They are the protagonists of Plants vs. Zombies and the player's main defense against the undead assailants.
The plants also populate the Zen Garden, available on the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Android, Nintendo DS, iPad, and iPhone versions of Plants vs. Zombies. In the Zen Garden, the player is able to use the Watering Can, Bug Spray and fertilizer to grow plants and earn money.
|A plant planted on the water.|
|A plant planted on the ground.|
There are many different plants, each with different abilities and special attributes. During Night, sun does not fall from the sky, so mushrooms are usually used because of their low sun cost. In Pool levels, plants must be either Aquatic or planted on a Lily Pad to be in the water. Fog levels are a mix of night and pool levels but also have fog in the level, which can be removed temporarily with a Blover or removed with a Plantern or Torchwood until the end of the level or whenever the plant is removed with the shovel or eaten/destroyed by zombies. On the Roof, plants require Flower Pots to be planted on before planting the actual plant. Also, the roof is slanted to make the levels harder by making most of the projectiles hit the slanted part of the roof instead of the zombies, so catapult plants are used. A Night Roof setting exists, which is where the player fights Dr. Zomboss.
On the top of each seed packets, there is a phrase: "Bloom and Doom Seed Co." (except in the Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSiWare, Android, and iOS version of Plants vs. Zombies), "BLOOM & DOOM" being a name that PopCap brainstormed when they were looking for names for Plants vs. Zombies.
To fight zombies, certain projectiles are fired from plants. For example, peas are fired from peashooting plants, such as Peashooters, Snow Peas and Threepeaters. Spikes are fired from Cattails and Cacti. Spores are shot from Puff-shrooms, Scaredy-shrooms, and Sea-shrooms. Fumes are shot from Fume-shrooms and Gloom-shrooms. Lobbed-shot plants each fire their own specific kind of projectile such cabbage or melons. Stars are fired from Starfruits. Lobbed-shot plants such as Cabbage-pults, Kernel-pults, Melon-pults, and Winter Melons can also shoot over shields and hit Snorkel Zombies while they are underwater, although they cannot hit Balloon Zombies, despite the fact that they shoot high up, and corn cobs are launched from Cob Cannons.
Note: The table below is about the damage of the projectiles. The numbers are the amount of peas equivalent in damage to the projectile, and a normal Zombie takes ten peas to kill.
|Projectile shooter name||Damage per shot||Projectile||Equivalent in peas|
|Peashooter, Repeater, Threepeater, Split Pea, Gatling Pea||Normal||Pea or fire pea after passing a Torchwood||1 (pea), 0.7 (fire peas' splash damage), 2 (fire pea)|
|Snow Pea||Normal, slows zombies||Frozen pea or pea after passing a Torchwood||1, halves zombies' speed (frozen pea)|
|Puff-shroom, Scaredy-shroom, Sea-shroom||Normal||Spore||1|
|Fume-shroom, Gloom-shroom||Normal, penetrates screen doors, ladders and newspapers||Fumes||1|
|Cactus, Cattail||Normal, pops balloons||Spike||1, pops balloons|
|Starfruit||Normal (for each star)||Star||1|
|Kernel-pult||Light (kernel), normal (butter)||Kernel or butter||1 (kernel), 2 and stun (butter)|
|Melon-pult||Heavy, area of effect||Melon||4 (target), 1.5 (splash)|
|Winter Melon||Very heavy, area of effect, slows zombies||Frozen melon||4 (target), 1.5 (splash), all are slowed|
|Cob Cannon||Massive, area of effect||Corn cob||90 (three-by-three area)|
Type of plants
Plants received when playing Adventure Mode
At the end of each level of the player's first playthrough of Adventure Mode, a new seed packet of a plant made by the Bloom & Doom Seed Company is received from the last zombie to get destroyed. There is a theory that Crazy Dave throws them, according to a Sneak Peek to the Xbox 360 Version. Once the Suburban Almanac is acquired in level 2-4, a sometimes humorous quote of each plant can be read as well as a summary and helpful facts about it.
Plants received at Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies
Once Crazy Dave's car key is found, Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies is unlocked and more plants can be purchased with Money. These plants are called upgrade plants. They are the Gatling Pea ($5000), Twin Sunflower ($5000), Gloom-shroom ($7500), Cattail ($10,000), Winter Melon ($10,000), Gold Magnet ($3000), Spikerock ($7500), and Cob Cannon ($20,000). The Imitater ($30,000) is also available here but requires completing Adventure Mode before it can be bought. Other upgrade plants will arrive after receiving certain objects, such as the taco.
Sun producing plants
Sun producing plants are vital for regular levels in order to plant. Each plant has a certain amount of sun that is needed in order for it to be planted. Also, the seed packets for plants have a recharge time; some of which are longer than others. In Survival: Endless, upgrade plants cost 50 more sun to plant for each of that particular plant on the lawn at the time of planting. Below are the costs of sun producing plants and how much sun is produced.
|Name||Cost||Sun per production|
|Sun-shroom||25||15 before growing, then 25 sun after growing (grows after producing five small sun)|
|Twin Sunflower||150||50 sun per production|
|Giant Sunflower||50||50 sun per production|
|Big sun||50||Sky in Sunny Day|
|Normal sun||25||Sky in daytime levels, Sunflower, Sun-shroom after growing, Twin Sunflower, Giant Sunflower|
|Small sun||15||Sun-shroom before growing|
Money producing plants
The Marigold is the only money producing plant, but in the Zen Garden, all plants will drop gold coins when fertilized, happy and also drop diamonds when fully grown. Feeding chocolate to plants in the Zen Garden will produce coins faster. Gold Magnets and Stinky the Snail aid in money production as well.
To unlock the Morticulturalist achievement you must collect all 49 plants, including the upgrade plants and the Imitater in Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies. Be prepared to be money farming for a long time, because all plants from Crazy Dave when added together cost $98,000.
List of plants
|Peashooter||Peashooters are your first line of defense. They shoot peas at attacking zombies.||At the beginning||100||Fast|
|Sunflower||Sunflowers are essential for you to produce extra sun. Try planting as many as you can!||Beating Level 1-1||50||Fast|
|Cherry Bomb||Cherry Bombs can blow up all zombies in an area. They have a short fuse so plant them near zombies.||Beating Level 1-2||150||Very slow|
|Wall-nut||Wall-nuts have hard shells which you can use to protect your other plants.||Beating Level 1-3||50||Slow|
|Potato Mine||Potato Mines pack a powerful punch, but they need a while to arm themselves. You should plant them ahead of zombies. They will explode on contact.||Beating Level 1-5||25||Slow|
|Snow Pea||Snow Peas shoot frozen peas that damage and slow the enemy.||Beating Level 1-6||175|
|Chomper||Chompers can devour a zombie whole, but they are vulnerable while chewing.||Beating Level 1-7||150||Fast|
|Repeater||Repeaters fire two peas at a time.||Beating Level 1-8||200|
|Puff-shroom||Puff-shrooms are cheap, but can only fire a short distance.||Beating Level 1-10||0||Fast|
|Sun-shroom||Sun-shrooms give small sun at first and normal sun later.||Beating Level 2-1||25||Fast|
|Fume-shroom||Fume-shrooms shoot fumes that can pass through screen doors.||Beating Level 2-2||75||Fast|
|Grave Buster||Plant Grave Busters on graves to remove the graves.||Beating Level 2-3||75||Fast|
Very slow (VM)
|Hypno-shroom||When eaten, Hypno-shrooms will make a zombie turn around and fight for you.||Beating Level 2-5||75||Slow|
|Scaredy-shroom||Scaredy-shrooms are long-ranged shooters that hide when enemies get near them.||Beating Level 2-6||25||Fast|
|Ice-shroom||Ice-shrooms temporarily immobilize all zombies on the screen.||Beating Level 2-7||75||Very slow|
|Doom-shroom||Doom-shrooms destroy everything in a large area and leave a crater that can't be planted on.||Beating Level 2-8||125||Very slow|
|Lily Pad||Lily pads let you plant non-aquatic plants on top of them.||Beating Level 2-10||25||Fast|
|Squash||Squashes will smash the first zombie that gets close to it.||Beating Level 3-1||50|
|Threepeater||Threepeaters shoot peas in three lanes.||Beating Level 3-2||325|
Very slow (VM)
|Tangle Kelp||Tangle Kelp are aquatic plants that pull the first zombie that nears them underwater.||Beating Level 3-3||25||Slow|
|Jalapeno||Jalapenos destroy an entire lane of zombies.||Beating Level 3-5||125||Very Slow|
|Spikeweed||Spikeweeds pop tires and hurt any zombies that step on them.||Beating Level 3-6||100||Fast|
|Torchwood||Torchwoods turn peas that pass through them into fireballs that deal twice as much damage.||Beating Level 3-7||175||Fast|
|Tall-nut||Tall-nuts are heavy-duty wall plants that can't be vaulted over.||Beating Level 3-8||125||Slow|
|Sea-shroom||Sea-shrooms are aquatic plants that shoot short ranged spores.||Beating Level 3-10||0||Slow|
|Plantern||Planterns light up an area, letting you see through fog.||Beating Level 4-1||25||Slow|
|Cactus||Cactuses shoot spikes that can hit both ground and air targets.||Beating Level 4-2||125|
|Blover||Blovers blow away all balloon zombies and fog.||Beating Level 4-3||100||Fast|
|Split Pea||Split Peas shoot peas forward and backwards.||Beating Level 4-5||125||Fast|
Very slow (VM)
|Starfruit||Starfruits shoot stars in 5 directions.||Beating Level 4-6||125|
|Pumpkin||Pumpkins protect plants that are within their shells.||Beating Level 4-7||125||Slow|
|Magnet-shroom||Magnet-shrooms remove helmets and other metal objects from zombies.||Beating Level 4-8||100||Fast|
|Cabbage-pult||Cabbage-pults hurl cabbages at the enemy.||Beating Level 4-10||100||Fast|
|Flower Pot||Flower Pots let you plant on the roof.||Beating Level 5-1||25||Fast|
|Kernel-pult||Kernel-pults fling corn kernels and butter at zombies.||Beating Level 5-2||100||Fast|
|Coffee Bean||Use Coffee Beans to wake up sleeping mushrooms.||Beating Level 5-3||75|
|Garlic||Garlic diverts zombies into other lanes.||Beating Level 5-5||50|
Very slow (VM)
|Umbrella Leaf||Umbrella Leaves protect nearby plants from bungees and catapults.||Beating Level 5-6||100||Fast|
|Marigold+"||Marigolds give you silver and gold coins.||Beating Level 5-7||50||Slow|
|Melon-pult"||Melon-pults do heavy damage to groups of zombies.||Beating Level 5-8||300||Fast|
Very slow (VM)
|Gatling Pea*"||Gatling Peas shoot four peas at a time.||Beating Level 3-4; $5000||250 (+200)||Very slow|
|Twin Sunflower*"||Twin Sunflowers give twice as much sun as a normal sunflower.||Beating Level 3-4; $5000||150 (+50)||Very slow|
|Gloom-shroom*"||Gloom-shrooms release heavy fumes in an area around themselves.||Beating Level 4-4; $7500||150 (+75)||Very slow|
|Cattail*"||Cattails can attack any lane and shoot down balloon zombies too.||Beating Level 4-4; $10,000||225 (+25)||Very slow|
|Winter Melon*"||Winter Melons do heavy damage and slow groups of zombies.||Beating Adventure Mode; $10,000||200 (+300)||Very slow|
|Gold Magnet*"||Gold Magnets collect coins and diamonds for you.||Beating Level 5-1; $3000||50 (+100)||Very slow|
|Spikerock*"||Spikerocks pop multiple tires and damage zombies that walk over it.||Beating Level 5-1; $7500||125 (+100)||Very slow|
|Cob Cannon*"||Click on the Cob Cannon to launch deadly cobs of corn.||Beating Adventure Mode; $20,000||500 (+100x2)||Very slow|
|Imitater'"||Imitaters let you use two of the same plant during a level!||Beating Adventure Mode; $30,000||As the imitated plant|
|Explode-o-nut"||Explode-o-nuts explode upon contact with zombies.||Used in Wall-nut Bowling levels||Free||None|
|Giant Wall-nut†||Giant Wall-nut can crush a row of zombies or have large amounts of health.||Used in Wall-nut Bowling 2 and Big Time||Free|
50 (Big Time)
|Giant Sunflower†||Giant Sunflower produces one big sun that is worth 50 instead of 25 from a regular sunflower.||Used in Big Time||50||Fast|
|Giant Marigold†||Giant Marigold drops two silver or gold coins at once.||Used in Big Time||50||Slow|
|Sprout||Sprouts let you water them in the Zen Garden.||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Reverse Repeater||Reverse Repeaters fire two peas backwards at a time in Vasebreaker.||N/A||N/A||N/A|
- Most plants take six bites before being eaten.
- No plants start with letter N, O, Q, V, X, Y, and Z.
- Mushrooms are classified as plants, even though they are actually fungi, which are an entirely different kingdom in the domain Eukaryote.
- In the instant kills' Suburban Almanac pages, they blink.
- Most game commercials and the mini-game Slot Machine show Peashooters with the back of the Repeater (two leaves).
- Different animations are seen when the player plants something in different terrain. If the player plants something on land, or a Flower Pot, they can see soil jumping out of the ground. If they plant something on the water, there will be a splash of water.
- When the player plants on land or on a Flower Pot, there are two slightly different sound effects that can be made. Planting on water, however, will only produce one sound effect.
- Upgrade plants say they must be planted on their downgrades, Grave Buster must be planted on graves, Lily Pad must be planted on water, and Flower Pot can be planted on both the Roof and the lawn.
- The most plants the player can have on one square is five: Lily Pad or Flower Pot, a Fume-shroom, a Pumpkin, a Gloom-shroom, and a Coffee Bean. Coincidentally, this is done in many farming strategies.
- In the Zen Garden, aquatic plants do not need water (probably because they already have water in the aqua pot or aquarium).