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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 3 and the player's main defense against the undead assailants.

There is a total of 41 plants, 39 of which are useable in-game, with the other 2 having an alternate use.

List of plants

Common plants

These plants are the most often dropped by Pinatas, they are automatically unlocked at Level 1.

Plant Sun cost Description Unlocked Plant Food Tacobility
Puff-Shroom3
Puff-Shroom
0 Spits short-range puffs of gas. Has a limited life span. Gassy! Clearing Floor 20, then collecting his seed packets. Puff Power: Makes all Puff-Shrooms on the lawn fire a concentrated stream of short-range puffs. Triple Trouble: Fires more puffs with each attack. No longer has limited life span
Buttercup3
Buttercup
1 Blocks zombies. Butters zombies that attack her, stunning them. Fattening! Clearing Floor 5, then collecting her seed packets. Drizzled Butter: Pours butter down her lane, pushing back nearby zombies and leaving butter puddles. Build Me Up: Gains layers of buttery armor, damaging zombies when she butters them.
Garlic3
Garlic
1 Pushes zombies attacking Garlic to adjacent lanes. Pungent! Purchasing his seed packets with 60 Caps. Bad Breath: Shuffles zombies in front of Garlic to adjacent lanes, damaging them over time. Garlic Drone: Blocks flying zombies and gains armor. Vimpires that bite Garlic are instantly destroyed.
Potato Mine3Potato Mine 1 Explodes when zombies reach it. Takes time to arm and can't be attacked while arming. Starchy! Clearing Floor 15, then collecting his seed packets. Potato Salad: Creates additional, unarmed Potato Mines in random tiles. Hothead: Bounces to a random tile after exploding and starts arming himself again.
Pushywillow3
Pushywillow
1 Pushes back all zombies in her lane back when a zombie reaches her. Spunky! Clearing Floor 28, then collecting her seed packets. Fuzzy Fury: Pushes back all zombies in her lane and adjacent lanes. Buddy Up: Works more times before disappearing.
Wall-Nut3
Wall-Nut
2 Blocks zombies, absorbing lots of attacks with his hard shell. Imperturbable! Starting the tutorial Shell Shove: Knocks back and stuns all zombies directly in front of him. Juggernut: Gains a tough outer shell of metal armor.
Chard Guard3
Chard Guard
3 Bounces back zombies that get too close, using three leaf charges. Blocks with a durable stem. Uncharred! Clearing Floor 30, then collecting his seed packets. Slap Storm: Regrows all his leaves and bounces back all zombies in his lane. Sharp Re-Leaf: Regrows all leaves, and each leaf bounces twice.
Peashooter3
Peashooter
3 Shoots peas straight down the lane. Straightforward! Starting the tutorial Rapid Fire: Unleashes an overwhelming barrage of peas. Repeater: Fires extra peas with every shot.
Spikeweed3
Spikeweed
3 Hurts all zombies that walk over it. Does heavy damage to pushed Obstacles. Prickly! Clearing Floor 8, then collecting his seed packets. Get over Here: Sends thorny roots to damage zombies in this lane and pull them closer. Spikerock: Does extra damage and gains rocky armor that protects against pushed Obstacles.
Cabbage-Pult3
Cabbage-Pult
4 Lobs cabbages, hitting flying and non-flying zombies. Crisp! Clearing Floor 2 then losing to a Balloon Zombie on Floor 3. Cabbage Patch: Lobs heavy cabbages at random zombies on the lawn. Cold Slaw: Chills zombies, slowing them with a chance to freeze them solid.
Kernel-Pult3
Kernel-Pult
5 Lobs corn kernels, with a chance to lob butter that stuns zombies. Corny! Clearing Floor 3, then collecting his seed packets. Butter Barrage: Instantly lobs butter at many random zombies, damaging and stunning them. Extra Butter: Increases chance of lobbing butter and butter duration.
Bonk Choy3
Bonk Choy
6 Rapidly punches zombies ahead and behind. Pugnacious! Starting the tutorial Fists of Fury: Punches in all directions, hitting all zombies in a 3x3 area. Flaming Fists: Punches out short-range fireballs that hit multiple zombies.
Caramel Popcorn3
Caramel Popcorn
6 Lobs popcorn and caramel blobs that stick to the ground, slowing zombies. Sweet! Clearing Floor 17, then collecting her seed packets. Hot Toffee: Explodes all caramel blobs, damaging zombies and spawning more caramel blobs. Super Sticky: Lobs caramel blobs more often and slows zombies more.
Lightning Reed3
Lightning Reed
6 Shoots chain lightning at zombies in this and adjacent lanes. Can hit flying zombies. Shocking! Clearing Floor 11, then collecting his seed packets. Power Surge: Discharges sustained lightning for several seconds, doing heavy damage. Forked Lightning:  Shoots more lightning bolts with each attack.
Melon-Pult3
Melon-Pult
10 Lobs melons that explode for heavy damage in a 3x3 area. Can hit flying zombies. Pulpy! Clearing Floor 23, then collecting his seed packets. Melon Mortar: Lobs high-damage melons at random zombies on the lawn, with each causing splash damage on nearby zombies. Winter Melon: Chills zombies, slowing them with a chance to freeze them solid.

Rare plants

These plants are the second most often dropped by Pinatas, they are automatically unlocked at Level 3.

Plant Sun cost Description Unlocked Plant Food Tacobility
Shuffle Truffle3

Shuffle Truffle
1 Bounces a zombie back into an adjacent lane, then has to recharge. Adoratruffle! Clearing Floor 12, then collecting her seed packets. Kerfuffle: Pushes all zombies from this lane back and into adjacent lanes, damaging them. Muffle: Recharges faster and stuns zombies that she bounces.
Squash3
Squash
2 Smashes the first zombie that gets close to him, along with any other zombies in the same tile, then disappears. Slammin'! Clearing Floor 8, then collecting his seed packets. Spring Training: Squashes a 3x3 area in front of him, doing massive damage. Gourdgeous: Does double damage and works more times before disappearing.
Blockbuster3
Blockbuster
3 Lashes out with vines. Prioritizes hitting Obstacles, doing extra Shatter damage to them. Cinematic! Clearing Floor 5, then collecting her seed packets. Shatter Storm: Rapidly attacks all Obstacles on the lawn, doing heavy shatter damage. Twin Vines: Attacks with two vines at once, hitting the two closest enemies.
Butternut Squash3
Butternut Squash
3 Smashes the first zombie that gets close to it, plus other zombies in that same tile. also butters surrounding zombies. Slippery! Clearing Floor 17, then collecting his seed pcket. Butter Bomb: Does heavy damage to a 3x3 area and leaves melted butter behind. Butter Up: Hits harder & works more times before disappearing.
Ragweed3
Ragweed
3 Sneezes on nearby zombies to damage them, with a chance to push them back. Contagious! Clearing Floor 15, then collecting their seed packets. Plant Food: Gesundheit: Sneezes a massive blast that damages and knocks back all zombies in this lane. Tacobility: Snot a problem: Sneezes out snot that stuns zombies.
Sawgrass3
Sawgrass
3 Saws zombies on its tile for heavy damage, then has to recharge. Serrated! Clearing Floor 23, then collecting her seed packets. See? Saw!: Sends sawblades in both directions, damaging all zombies they hit. Slice & Dice: Recharges faster and increases damage.
Fire Peashooter3

Fire Peashooter
5 Fires flaming peas down her lane, which damage other zombies in the same tile as her target. Roasted! Purchasing her seed packets with 120 Caps. Flamethrower: Spits a stream of fire, damaging all zombies in her lane. Spreading Flames: Fires more peas that do more damage, causing fiery explosions in a 2x3 area.
Pine Needler3
Pine Needler
5 Flings pine needles that pierce through multiple zombies. Pine-scented! Clearing Floor 2, then collecting her seed packets. 'Needlework: Sprays wide waves of extra-sharp needles. 'Looking Sharp: Pierces additional zombies and sprays fragments on impact.
Snow Pea3
Snow Pea
5 Slows zombies with frozen peas. Refrigerated! Clearing Floor 27, then collecting her seed packets. Snowball Fight: Unleashes a storm of frozen peas and a chilling gale that slows all zombies in this lane. Ice Queen: Shoots icy snowballs with a chance to freeze a zombie solid.
Bamboo Shoots3
Bamboo Shoots
7 Shoots slowly, dealing heavy damage. Devastating! Clearing Floor 1, then completing your first stage of Zombie Outbreak. Bamboom: Fires a massive missile that explodes in a 3x3 area. Shrapnel: Explodes missiles into fragments that damage nearby zombies.
Night Cap3
Night Cap
7 Throws balls of shadow energy that pierce multiple zombies. Mystical! Clearing Floor 21, then collecting her seed packets. Fung-Fu: Teleports to many random zombies, kicking them in their gross zombie faces. Casting Shadows: Pierces more zombies and gives Stealth to adjacent plants.

Epic plants

These plants are the second least often dropped by Pinatas, they are automatically unlocked at Level 5.

Plant Sun cost Description Unlocked Plant Food Tacobility
Aloe Vera3

Aloe Vera
2 Steadily heals all 8 surrounding plants. Soothing! Clearing Floor 24, then collecting her seed packets. Healing Boost: Heals every plant on the lawn. Cooling Gel: Chills zombies that attack plants surrounding Aloe Vera.
Hydrangea3

Hydrangea
3 Bites zombies at close range. When Hydrangea takes damage, she grows another head, increasing her attack speed. heady! Purchasing her seed packets with 240 Caps. Feeding Frenzy: Pulls nearby zombies close and unleashes a devastating series of bites. Regeneration: Grows another head and heals herself over time.
Sweet Potato3

Sweet Potato
3 Blocks Zombies. Pulls nearby zombies from adjacent lanes. Irresistable! Clearing Floor 14, then collecting her seed packets. Irresistable: Pulls all zombies towards her from this lane and adjacent lanes, stunning them. Fatal Attraction: Explodes when destroyed, damaging all zombies in a 3x3 area.
Dogwood3
Dogwood
4 Barks at zombies, making them take extra damage from all attacks. Grows bigger over time, and barks get stronger. Chonky! Clearing Floor 9, then collecting his seed packets. Howling Mad: Unleashes a howl that stuns all zombies in both his lanes. Beware of Dog: Bites zombies as well as barking. His bite is worse then his bark!
Chomper3
Chomper
5 Swallows zombies whole, then chews them. Ravenous! Clearing Floor 26, then collecting her seed packets. Gluttonous Gulp: Inhales up to three zombies, doing heavy damage. Then burps, pushing back all zombies in her lane. Ambush: Hides underground while chewing. Bursts up to swallow zombies walking above her.
Flak Seed3
Flak Seed
5 Lobs seeds that explode in to fragments, prioritizing fliers as her targets. Lobs 3 seed at a time at flying zombies, but only 1 seed otherwise. Suppressing! Clearing Floor 1, then collecting her seed packets. Seed Strike: Lobs seed cluster bombs at random zombies. Each hit explodes more fragments in a chain reaction. Flaktastic: Explodes seeds into more fragments. Fragments now pierce multiple zombies.
Gravitree3
Gravitree
5 Launches orbiting apples that damage nearby zombies. Newtonian! Clearing Floor 18, then collecting their seed packets. Newton's Revenge: Launches a bushel of orbiting apples all at once. Singularity: Pulls zombies from adjacent lanes with gravity. Apples can now stun zombies.
Gloom-Shroom3
Gloom-Shroom
6 Rapidly fires puffs of gas at zombies in all adjacent tiles. Melancholy! Clearing Floor 31, then collecting his seed packets. Spin Cycle: Fires a swirling spiral of gas in all directions. Passing Gas: Gas puffs can pass through additional zombies.
Starfruit3
Starfruit
6 Shoots stars in five directions, including backwards. Star-studded! Clearing Floor 6, then collecting his seed packets. Starburst: Fires a burst of stars in 5 directions. Pointed Stars: Fires more stars, with each star piercing multiple zombies.
Snapdragon3Snapdragon 7 Breathes waves of short-range fire, three lanes wide. Jaw-dropping! Clearing Floor 3, then collecting his seed packets. Dragonfire: Spits a short-range fireball that does heavy damage to all zombies in a 3x3 area. Dragonflight: Takes flight, increasing attack range and hitting flying zombies.
Lemon-Aid3Lemon-Aid 8 Speeds up all 8 surrounding plants. Puckering! Clearing floor Floor 12, then collecting her seed packets. Lemon Zest: Massively speeds up all 8 surrounding plants for a limited time. Pucker Up: Stuns zombies that attack plants surrounding Lemon-Aid.

Legendary plants

These plants are the least often dropped by Pinatas, they are automatically unlocked at Level 7.

Plant Sun cost Description Unlocked Plant Food Tacobility
Fairy Ring Mushroom3
Fairy Ring
Mushroom
9 Damages zombies in a 3x3 area around her. Makes free Puff-Shrooms when she defeats zombies. Spellbinding! Clearing Floor 21, then collecting her seed packets. Mass-Shroom: Does heavy damage in a 5x5 area, turning any defeated zombies unto Puff-Shrooms. Mushroom Minions: Does extra damage. Future Puff-Shrooms she creates are instantly promoted with a Taco.
Kalestorm3Kalestorm 10 Rapidly lobs hailstones that damage and slow the first 3 zombies in its lane. Downpouring! Clearing Floor 32, then collecting her seed packets. Blizzard: Rains a torrent of chilling hailstones all over the lawn. Freezing Rain: Hits more zombies with each volley and can freeze zombies solid.

Other Plants

Plant Information
Sunflower3

Sunflower
Passively generates sun, 1 sun every 3 seconds.
Cherry Bomb3

Cherry Bomb
You get 1 Cherry Bomb a level that can be planted anywhere to instantly blow up zombies in a 3x3 radius.
Star Tree3

Star Tree
Offers awards for collecting stars.

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