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Collect all 3! Custom Izel Plants T-shirts

November 19, 2016

Collect all 3! Custom Izel Plants T-shirts

Show your wild side and your love for native plants with this exclusive line of T-shirts designed by Izel Plants.

Grow Weed - Ironweed
Grow Weed - Milkweed
Grow Weed - Joe-Pye Weed

Collect all 3!
Or share the love and order them for your favorite gardener friends and family.

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Named for Ben Franklin, saved by the Bartrams.

September 16, 2016

Named for Ben Franklin, saved by the Bartrams.

Franklinia alatamaha is probably the rarest of all trees native to North America. The species was discovered in 1765 along the Altamaha River, in southeastern Georgia, by famed botanists and horticulturists John Bartram and son William.  Ultimately, they named the species in honor of their dear friend Benjamin Franklin. William went back a few years later to collect seed which was successfully propagated. Were it not for this fortuitous discovery, and the recognition of having found something exceptional, this species, last observed in the wild in 1803, would now be extinct. Franklin tree soon became an attraction at Bartram’s Garden; the oldest botanic garden in the country, on 46 acres along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. read more

Never-plowed prairie seed harvest

September 9, 2016

Never-plowed prairie seed harvest

When implementing a plan to plant a meadow, consider this:

• Is the seed sourced from mono-cropped production fields?

• Is the seed cleaned and denuded of essential chemicals that are required for good germination?

• Is the diversity in the seed mix a true representation of a stable, functioning prairie, or just a landscape designer's wishful thinking? read more

Ramps Rant!

April 18, 2016

Ramps Rant!

Ramps (Allium tricoccum), are one of the hottest new food trends, and when they appear on restaurant’s menu they all but symbolize the willingness to source produce locally. This in turn has led every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a foraging instinct to go out and search for this new delicacy, with disregard as to whether they are harvesting on private or public land, and even more disregard for the sustainability of the practice. read more

Native Woodies, Value Beyond Esthetics

May 5, 2015

Native Woodies, Value Beyond Esthetics

Let’s not forget about trees and shrubs, when thinking about native plants and their wildlife value.

They too are attractive to many pollinators, and are also hosts to many species of insects and larvae which are an essential food for birds during the breeding season. According to Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor & Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware,  read more

Sale of the Week 4/22 - dwarf larkspur

April 23, 2015

Sale of the Week 4/22 - dwarf larkspur

Dwarf larkspur (Delphinium tricorne)

These plants are currently in leaf, and will ship in 2" pots for 25% less than they are usually sold for as bare root!  As low as $2.95 each, with FREE Shipping.

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Four great species, on sale!

April 21, 2015

Four great species, on sale!

Up to 50% off our regular price.

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New Species for Spring 2015

February 18, 2015

New Species for Spring 2015

We have lots of new native species this year, and are ready to take your orders for spring delivery.

As always, we offer free shipping on all orders, and offer quantity discounts.

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Native Seed Germination

January 28, 2015

Native Seed Germination

Ever wonder why such a small fraction of our indigenous flora is available for sale through nurseries, even the good native plant nurseries?  There are three primary factors.

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Holiday Gifts for Gardeners & Native Plant Buffs

December 4, 2014

Holiday Gifts for Gardeners & Native Plant Buffs

A gift guide for the gardener who you suspect already has everything, or for the gardener who is just starting out. This is a short list of some of the best tools and books available.

NOTE: all listed prices were pulled at time of publication, and may have since changed. read more

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