About us

About Us

IzelPlants.com is a marketplace for plants native to the contiguous US. We are not a nursery.

We combine the inventories of several nurseries that are dedicated to the responsible collection and propagation of native species. Most native plant nurseries only specialize in certain plant types. However, by shopping at IzelPlants.com, you can fulfill all your native plant needs on a single website. Whether you are looking for trees or ground covers, spring ephemerals or late summer bloomers, wetland species or drought tolerant species, IzelPlants.com has them all.

We offer many tools for you to filter our species list, and help find what species are best suited to your specific garden environment, and your specific ecoregion.

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Purchasing Plants

Most of our current plant offerings are native to the Mid-Atlantic, but we are rapidly expanding to other regions! Once you’ve found your ideal species, you’ll have the option to select which nursery you want to fulfill your order, but before we show you plant pricing and availability, we’ll ask you to input the destination zip code for your order.

Here’s why:

- First, some states have quarantine restrictions, and we don’t want to offer you a plant from a nursery that can’t ship to you.

- Second, we will sort the nurseries that offer the plants you are interested in, by proximity to your location.  By choosing  the nursery closest to you, you’ll be more likely to purchase a plant with a genotype best adapted to your area. Of course, you are welcome to purchase your plants from any of our nurseries.

You may add plants from multiple nurseries to your shopping cart. IzelPlants.com offers a convenient single checkout, regardless of how many nurseries you choose to fulfill your order.


Our Species information:

Our goal is to be a resource for detailed plant information, including species characteristics, descriptions, cultivation guidelines, county level maps of recorded native range, and more. We are constantly adding new species to our database. Check in with us regularly. Our focus is on quality and accuracy, not quantity.

Because nomenclature and classification may vary from one source to another, we use the USDA Plants Database as our standard.

All the species information on our website is gathered following a rigorous process of cross referencing to ensure its accuracy. However, it should not be considered academic research. Errors or omissions may occur. We welcome any contributions or corrections that are backed with reference material. Please send them here. Thanks!

 

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Why Native?

If you are reading this you must already have a good idea of the answer as well as a sense of environmental responsibility.

It is often said that growing natives reduces the need for watering and fertilizing, that they are more disease and pest resistant. Natives are not a panacea for these problems. Any species, native or not, grown in environment that is less than ideal, will require maintenance. What one person might consider a pest, another person might consider wildlife. Native plants, in the appropriate environment, can offer an important source of food and shelter for organisms ranging from microbial, to insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals. All of which contribute to a healthy ecosystem. Growing plants native to your ecoregion, will also help restore seed banks that have been destroyed by development, or overrun by exotics.

At Izel we believe, first and foremost, that the top priority should be to do no harm. Our website gives you the tools and information to engage in responsible gardening. Grow native!

 

Who Is Izel Plants?

Izelplants.com is the brainchild of co-founders Claudio Vazquez and Amanda McClean. Two photographers with backgrounds in advertising and marketing. Both are avid gardeners, who were frustrated with the difficulties they encountered trying to find reliable native plant information and user friendly websites for their purchases.

After years talking to, and consulting with, gardeners of every skill level, landscape architects, botanists, garden curators, and nurseries, we felt the time was right to create a website dedicated to native plant enthusiasts. Hence the creation of IzelPlants.com.

 

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About Our Name

Our name and logo are Nahuatl (pronounced nah-what). Nahuatl, used by the Aztecs, is one the oldest written languages “native” to North America. Its origin dates back to the 5th century AD and was used from central Mexico to the southwestern United States.

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Izel means 'unique'. The logo is based on the pictograph Xochitl (so-chill), which means 'flower'. The two combine to create... you get the picture.

 


Izel Affiliated Nurseries:

All of our nurseries are committed to using the best horticultural practices. All of our plants are nursery propagated, from seed or stock that has been ethically collected, and grown without neonicotinoids treatments. If you are a grower dedicated primarily to straight species of native plants and would like to become part of the Izel team, please contact us here.


ArcheWild Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, ArcheWild is an ecological restoration and sustainable landscape services firm, as well as one of the largest native plant nurseries in the Northeast United States. Their environmental stewardship mission, and business model, are grounded in scientific research and experimentation into plant communities, genetics, and field techniques. They serve government and commercial clients, as well as individual property owners. Citizen science, green education, and community building are integral parts of their work. ArcheWild propagates native plants, including highly desirable or rare indigenous plants, from seed sources within the Northern Piedmont and surrounding ecoregions.  Their inventory includes hundreds of species of native flowers, grasses, ground covers, shrubs, and trees.



Sunshine Farm & Gardens “Hmmmm, a mission statement? Well, I guess that I’d have to say that I envision Sunshine Farm & Gardens to be a bridge between the most knowledgeable people in a particular genus of plants and the home gardener. While that is an oversimplification of all of our ongoing projects, it kinda sums it up.

Sunshine Farm & Gardens is the brainchild Barry Glick, who takes full responsibility for all of the chaos and havoc surrounding the incredible palette of rare and unusual, but mostly idiotproof plants.

 

American Native Liners is a premier propagator and grower of trees and shrubs native to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Sold exclusively in 2”x2”x5” Tree Band Pots, their plants have robust, air-pruned root systems that encourage a rapid establishment once planted. 


Ironweed Nursery“Ironweed Native Plant Nursery is a small, family-operated business located in south-central Kentucky. We come at this from a life-long love of botany, plant identification and plant ecology. My husband, Mike and myself have both worked for the Forest Service and understand land stewardship. We are also educators, having taught many an Intro. science course in college. Once asked, "What's your passion?" Without a doubt, it is fostering Environmental Health via plants, education and people. To help ensure population diversity, we obtain seed from multiple locations within the Interior Low Plateaus Physiographic Province of Kentucky. All plants are nursery propagated and none are dug up or harvested from the wild.” .

 

  

 

Thank you and Happy Gardening!

Amanda McClean and Claudio Vazquez
co-owners