For other uses, see Sunflower (disambiguation).

Sunflower is the second plant and first sun-producing plant received in both main series Plants vs. Zombies games. She is a plant capable of generating sun over time, allowing the player to plant additional plants with ease.



Helianthus annuus

Sunflower's design is based on the Helianthus annuus, also known as the common sunflower. The sun in her name refers to her ability to produce sun.


Plants vs. Zombies

Sunflower is unlocked after beating Level 1-1. The first 25 sun is produced after 7 seconds, then she produces 25 sun every 24 seconds.

Sunflower can be upgraded to the Twin Sunflower after Level 3-4, provided that the required seed packet is purchased from Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies for $5000. It should be noted that upgrading the Sunflower does not interrupt the 24-second interval.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Sunflower is unlocked after completing Player's House - Day 1. Prior to version 1.7, Sunflower functions identically as she did in the first game, but can no longer be upgraded to Twin Sunflower. Due to the gameplay pace change from version 1.7 onward, Sunflower now produces 50 sun every 34 seconds, 41% more than what she could produce in the first game. Additionally, Sunflower could not be used in the Chinese Dark Ages for an unknown reason until the 1.8 update.

Almanac entry

Sunflower almanac pc

Almanac entry of the Sunflower

Plants vs. Zombies


Sunflowers are essential for you to produce extra sun. Try planting as many as you can!

Sun production: normal

Sunflower can't resist bouncing to the beat. Which beat is that? Why, the life-giving jazzy rhythm of the Earth itself, thumping at a frequency only Sunflower can hear.

Cost: 50

Recharge: fast

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Note: The stats shown below only apply to Level 1.




Sunflowers are essential for you to produce extra sun. Try planting as many as you can!

Sun Production: normal

After the release of her first major Youtuber video "Zombies On Your Lawn," Sunflower's Youtuber channel has been bursting with fun. She is currently putting the final touches on her reality show TV pitch "Sunflower Thinks She Can Dance."


Plants vs. Zombies

Twin Sunflower is Sunflower's upgrade. She produces 50 sun every 24 seconds, twice as much as a normal Sunflower.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food effect

When given Plant Food, Sunflower immediately produces 150 sun.

Enlighten-mint effect

When boosted by Enlighten-mint, Sunflower's sun production rate will increase to once every five seconds, and she will produce additional sun based on her level. Starting at level 1, Sunflower produces 75 sun when boosted by Enlighten-mint. Starting at level 5, Sunflower will produce 100 sun when boosted, and at level 10, Sunflower will produce 125 sun when boosted.

Level upgrade

Level Seed packets Coins Upgrades
Sun Cost Recharge
Sun Production
1 0 0 50 5 seconds 300 dps 50 sun
2 10 1,000 50 4.5 seconds 350 dps 50 sun
3 75 5,000 50 4.5 seconds 400 dps 50 sun
4 200 10,000 50 4 seconds 450 dps 50 sun
5 400 20,000 50 4 seconds 550 dps 60 sun
6 750 30,000 50 3.5 seconds 600 dps 60 sun
7 1,000 40,000 50 3 seconds 650 dps 60 sun
8 1,250 50,000 25 3 seconds 700 dps 60 sun
9 1,500 60,000 25 2.5 seconds 800 dps 60 sun
10 2,000 75,000 25 2.5 seconds 900 dps 75 sun

Level upgrade (China only)

Level Upgrades Description
LevelIcon2New Sunflower Upgrade 1
Sun Recycle
When Sunflower is removed, she will recycle 25 sun.
Combat Training
Sunflower gains 50% more attack power and health (150% of initial).
LevelIcon3New Sunflower Upgrade 2
Enhanced Recycle
When Sunflower is removed, she will recycle 75 sun.
Cell Activation
Sunflower gains another 50% more attack power and health (200% of initial).
LevelIcon4New AbilityAwakendIcon
Ability Awaken
Sunflower may be boosted when planted.
Fighting Power
Sunflower gains another 50% more attack power and health (250% of initial).

Plants vs. Zombies Online (China only) (Archived content)

Costumed (China only)

When costumed and fed with Plant Food, she can produce either one gold coin and 175 sun or two gold coins and 150 sun.


Plants vs. Zombies

Sunflower is the first, and the primary sun producer the player will receive. Having enough Sunflowers will allow the player to gather sufficient sun and as a result purchase additional offensive plants to fend off the horde more easily. Her ability to be upgraded into Twin Sunflower also gives Sunflower a niche in Survival Mode, where planting spaces will be very limited and the player will need to generate as much as possible for every given tile. However, Sunflower will usually prove to be worse than Sun-shroom in Night and Fog levels, as Sun-shroom is cheaper and can produce sun faster at early levels.

As a general rule, one column of Sunflower will be the minimum requirement for completing most typical levels, while two to three columns should allow purchasing of more expensive plants such as Gatling Pea and Melon-pult, giving the player more freedom in tactical choices. In Pool and Fog levels, the pool lanes are ideal places for planting additional Sunflowers due to the relative lack of dangerous enemies assaulting them, but the player should also be cautious against ambushes when a flag comes. Sunflowers can either be planted on the leftmost columns for the maximum possible amount of protection or in front of offensive plants as a last line of defense, although the latter strategy may hinder plant placement as the level progresses and makes sun production somewhat inconsistent, as the Sunflowers are likely to get eaten.

If Catapult Zombies are present, plant Umbrella Leaves nearby to protect Sunflowers from the basketballs. Sunflowers that are endangered by Digger Zombies are to be typically protected by Pumpkins. A player can also put her in the second column in that case and use defensive plants in the first column.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Sunflower faces great competition for the role of primary sun production plant: Twin Sunflower has been made significantly easier to use, due to the removal of the upgrade plant system and the general ease of obtaining sun in this game as well as having a slightly cheaper sun price, while Sun-shroom costs less than Sunflower and can grow over time, outstripping Sunflower's production capability. This is shared with Primal Sunflower, as she can create 25 more sun than Sunflower, like Sun-shroom's last stage, at the expense of only 25 more sun. Moonflowers planted next to each other can give up to 100 sun each, despite their longer recharge. Of all the four sun producing plant, Sunflower also generates the second least amount of sun when fed with Plant Food, the lowest being Moonflower. Because of this, Sunflower is generally considered to be inferior to the other four sun creating plants, especially in the Endless Zones. However, they are still useful for 'low-level' players, and some players may not have Sun-shroom or Twin Sunflower.

Sunflower also works well with the Sweet potato, Hot Date or Garlic as they can move zombies away from sunflower, allowing you to place more sunflowers.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Chinese version) (China only)

Sunflower is recommended to upgrade to Level 4 before using because it can instantly produce 150 sometimes, and you can remove it after use to get 75 sun, making it a better choice if you only have a low-level Primal Sunflower or Twin Sunflower. It is easy to upgrade to level 4 witbying Plant Adventures.

Giant Sunflower

He just does his job.
The content and images in this section do exist in the code of the game, but are unused, and thus, not accessible by normal means.

Giant Sunflowers are plants seen in the canceled mini-game Big Time. It costs 50 sun but can produce as much sun as Twin Sunflower.

Big Time

In the canceled mini-game Big Time, Giant Sunflowers appear alongside Giant Wall-nuts and Giant Marigolds. If the player views the Sunflower in the Suburban Almanac while playing Big Time, she will appear as a Giant Sunflower.

Related achievements

Nom Nom Nom
Nom Nom Nom
Stop the horde using only the Sunflower, Wallnut, and Chomper on any level.
Sunny Days
Sunny Days
Accumulate 8000 Sun during a single level.
Collect all 49 plants.


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  • The massively popular multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft features a Sunflower pet.
  • According to this sticker from Plants vs. Zombies Stickers, she and the Peashooter are best friends. This alludes to how Peashooters protect the Sunflowers in the main series.
  • She, along with Peashooter, Wall-Nut, and Potato Mine are the mascots of Plants vs Zombies, appearing in every game, spin-offs, merchandise, comics, etc.
    • These are also the only plants with Primal versions in the second game.
    • There is a sunflower named "Fred" in the Plants vs. Zombies Comics.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • The Zombatar tab of the Plants vs. Zombies official website features a Sunflower with yellow hair.
  • She and Twin Sunflower did not glow when producing sun in the iOS version. This glitch was fixed in later versions.
  • Certain limited edition Game of the Year packs contain a Sunflower figurine.
  • Sunflower-related merchandise is available in the Xbox Live Marketplace. The Sunflower glasses cost 80 Microsoft Points, the Sunflower Seed Packet costs 240 Microsoft Points and the Sunflower Dress costs 160 Microsoft Points.
  • The Halloween event from The Sims Social features Sunflower in Bella's room and as a gift to players who clicked on the EA blog post of The Sims Social.
  • On the first time, the player plays Level 2-1, when they pick Puff-shroom but not Sunflower, they will get a special warning message that says, "Now that it's nighttime, you need Sunflowers more than ever. Are you sure you want to play the level without them?".
  • In the music video played upon completing Adventure Mode, a Sunflower sings most of the lyrics, voiced by Laura Shigihara. She also moves faster to match the beat of this song.
  • In the Java version, Sunflower is always pre-selected unless it is a night level. At that time, Sun-shroom will be always pre-selected.
  • In the Zen Garden mode, Sunflower is seen present on the Fertilizer pack.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • She is one of the six plants seen fighting the zombies in the Plants vs. Zombies 2 trailer, the other five being Bonk Choy, Bloomerang, Peashooter, Wall-nut, and Pea Pod.
  • Even though she is the second plant, she is the first seed packet in the seed selection screen and in the Almanac.
  • She, along with Peashooter and Wall-nut are the only plants whose costumes change depending on the season.
    • They are also the only plants who do not have permanent costumes.
  • In her Almanac entry, "YouTuber" is a parody of YouTube. In addition to this, the word "tuber" in "Youtuber" means modified plant structures that are enlarged to store nutrients.
  • "Sunflower Thinks She Can Dance" is a reference to a TV show franchise So You Think You Can Dance.
  • She is one of the six plants to be fully recharged at the start of a level, the others being Sun-shroomPrimal SunflowerMoonflower, Gold Bloom and Electric Currant.
  • She now produces 50 sun instead of 25.

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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