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For the version in Plants vs. Zombies 2, see Shrinking Violet.

Shrinking Violet is a triassic super-rare plant trick card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a member of the PvZH Smarty Icon.pngSmarty class.

She costs 4SunPvZH.png to play, and her ability gives a selected zombie and all other zombies on the lanes adjacent to that zombie -2StrengthPvZH.png, then instantly destroys any of them that end up with 0StrengthPvZH.png.


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She is based on the plant in Plants vs. Zombies 2 with the same name and similar appearance.

Her description is a joke consisting of an ambiguous question (in terms of context) and answer, with the answer "Yes." being the punchline.

Her ability is based on her counterpart's ability to shrink and instantly remove "weak" zombies like Imp and Zombie Chicken in the aforementioned game.


  • Class: Smarty
  • Tribes: Flower Trick
  • Ability: A Zombie and Zombies next door to it get -2StrengthPvZH.png. Then destroy any of those Zombies that have 0StrengthPvZH.png.
  • Set - Rarity: Triassic - Super-Rare

Card description

Is she cute or terrifying? Yes.

Update history

Update 1.24.6

  • Added to the game.



Shrinking Violet can be a handy card to play, not only being able to give -2 strength to a maximum of three zombies at once, but also because of the lack of efficient strength-lowering cards in the PvZH Smarty Icon.pngSmarty class, as Sap-Fling is too expensive, while Bog of Enlightenment only affects one lane, not to mention that both Sappy Place and Bog of Enlightenment are easily overridable.

But not only that, she also instantly destroys any zombie that ends up with 0 strength. While having a zombie clog up a lane is more beneficial than destroying it due to the zombies' lack of Team-Up, Shrinking Violet prevents your opponent from reboosting or Evolving that zombie, and also the zombie's ability from activating continuously.

Shrinking Violet may be good for lowering the strength of any grouped threats, but she truly shines at punishing bulky threats with low strength like Quickdraw Con Man, Tankylosaurus, Stompadon, and Teleportation Zombie, especially since most have persistent abilities.

Green Shadow synergizes the best with Shrinking Violet, since she has access to moving cards to group several zombies at once. While not the most effective option, Re-Peat Moss also benefits from Shrinking Violet since she is a trick.

Rose could pair it with Whack-a-Zombie, Chomper, or Toadstool, but playing two Shrinking Violets is much more cheap and cost-effective unless she can only affect one zombie, or the zombies end up with 3 strength after one Shrinking Violet.

The downside of Shrinking Violet is her lack of synergy. Despite her being in the flower tribe, Briar Rose and Power Flower only synergize with flower plants, and she can't gain PvZH Strikethrough Icon.pngStrikethrough via Cosmic Flower either due to being a trick. Shrinking Violet also doesn't do well against opponents with plenty of high-strength zombies, strength-boosting cards, or Parasol Zombies.


Shrinking Violet is an annoyance to attackers with moderate strength, which can already be a pain to you. However, she is a large threat to any low-strength zombie, because while the strength loss isn't very dangerous, her ability to destroy any with 0 strength is. If you have any threats that cause trouble to your opponent just by staying alive like Dr. Spacetime and Zombot Drone Engineer, they will most likely be the primary target of this trick.

The best option would be to give them the UntrickableAltBig.pngUntrickable trait, but only PvZH Brainy Icon.pngBrainy heroes have access to Parasol Zombie. Fortunately, each other class has their own way of dealing with Shrinking Violet's ability. PvZH Hearty Icon.pngHearty heroes have Defensive End to make her more expensive (although he cannot stop her from being played on turns 4 and 5) as well as Jurassic Fossilhead, both PvZH Crazy Icon.pngCrazy and PvZH Beastly Icon.pngBeastly heroes have access to strength-boosting cards to allow their zombies to survive (not to mention that most of their cards have high strength), while the PvZH Sneaky Icon.pngSneaky class can either Bounce the affected zombies via Firefighter or play Mixed-Up Gravedigger to reset their strength.

If a zombie's strength is lowered to the point where it cannot function well as a fighter, in general the best solutions would be bouncing the zombie, boosting it, destroy it with Final Mission for extra damage, or play an Evolution zombie on it.


In other languages

Language Name Description
United States of America English Shrinking Violet
China Simplified Chinese 畏缩紫罗兰 "Cower Violet"
Traditional Chinese 膽小紫羅蘭 "Scaredy Violet"


  • Her appearance in this game is wilder than the one in Plants vs. Zombies 2, presumably to match the theme of Colossal Fossils and Triassic Triumph.
  • Currently, there is a size bug where if the opponent plays this and then you play Mixed-Up Gravedigger, In-Crypted, or Cursed Gargolith, the shrunken zombies become huge and hide in huge gravestones.
  • Similar to Knockout, it can be played on lanes even if there are no zombies that can be affected by this trick.
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Common Button Mushroom · Berry Blast · Buff-Shroom · Seedling · Zapricot
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