OUR STORY

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.

Plant orders being readied for shipment. Our plants are shipped weekly throughout the spring, summer and fall.

PURCHASING PLANTS

Most of our current plant offerings are native to the East Coast and Mid West. 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:

  • • Some states have quarantine restrictions, and we don’t want to offer you a plant from a nursery that can’t ship to you.
  • • We sort your buying options 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. Izel Plants 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 drop us a line. Thanks!

A suburban pollinator garden full of agastache, echinacea, eryngium, pycnanthemum and ratibida.
Photo of Vanessa cardui (painted lady) on Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

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 Plants 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. Every plant counts, grow natives!

WHO IS IZEL PLANTS?

Izel Plans 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, in 2014 we felt the time was right to create a website dedicated to native plant enthusiasts. Hence the creation of IzelPlants.com.

At Izel Plants 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. Every plant counts, grow natives!

Left: Claudio Vazquez Right: Amanda McClean

Left: The pictogram for Xochitl (so-chill), which means 'flower'.
Right: The Izel Native Plants logo; the word "Izel" means 'unique'.

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.

After years talking to, and consulting with, gardeners of every skill level, landscape architects, botanists, garden curators, and nurseries, in 2014 we felt the time was right to create a website dedicated to native plant enthusiasts. Hence the creation of IzelPlants.com.

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.