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Native plants for stormwater, wastewater, salt marsh, and shoreline projects



Size really does matter

especially when planting in shallow water. The foliage of our shallow water plants extends well above the waterline. This allows the plants to establish quickly and reliably, and avoids the expense of manually lowering and raising the water level to accommodate inferior plants.

Our Plants

grow mainly in containers 1.6 inches wide by 5 inches deep with a volume of 6.7 cubic inches.  The American Standard for Nursery Stock classifies our containers as "SP1". 

  • TALLER and more vigorous than standard plugs

  • LESS EXPENSIVE than 4" diameter pots, yet perform just as well in rough conditions

  • DEEP NARROW root balls that stay in place during floods

  • FAST & EASY to install properly


There are a few exceptions

to our large plugs. The deep water species, with their typically sparse roots, are normally lifted from our isolation beds and shipped bare root. And the Spartinas seem to grow best in 2” diameter x 2” deep plugs, so we follow their lead.

keeping things simple

  • Quotes generated and questions answered in minutes, not day

  • Up to date inventory available online

  • Super simple pricing, with no surprise shipping charges

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We remove plants from their growing trays, so you don't have to

The roots of most wetland plants are extremely aggressive.  Removing plants from growing trays at a job site can easily add 30% to installation labor, destroy plants, and add to cleanup costs.  So we do it for you!

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Every plant you get is top quality

Our strong, waterproof shipping bags protect the plants, maintain proper hydration, and make it easy to carry lots of plants around messy sites.  Just be sure to keep them out of the hot sun.


Even the labels on our bags make life easier

Our bag labels are color coded to show the best water level for the species inside, so your crew can tell at a glance which plant goes where. 

The labels show the scientific and common names (for inspector-types) and a 4 or 5 letter code for the rest of us. 

Plus, we can add custom information - such as the assigned location for the plants inside - at no charge, making it super simple to organize the installation.

Typical days in transit from nursery

Typical days in transit from nursery


Deliveries in our vehicles are made Sunday through Friday, at your convenience, assuming the order size and distance makes delivery by us preferable to delivery by UPS.


we ship and deliver, FAst

We ship our plants to you either in our delivery vehicles or by UPS ground, depending upon the size of your order and the distance to your location.

Our goal is to get the plants to you the day of or the day before installation, so your crew can spend their time installing rather than keeping plants watered. We coordinate closely with you to make this happen, and can generally get plants to your location within 72 hours of getting the go-ahead to ship.

Two caveats for plants shipped UPS. It takes 1 or 2 days for plants to travel from us to most of our customers via UPS - as shown on the chart. And UPS doesn't actually move things over the weekend.

So if the chart shows 1 day in transit and you want to install your plants on Friday, you will want us to ship them Wednesday. You will then receive the plants on Thursday at your normal UPS delivery time, and can install the next day.

If you want to install them early in the week, you will want us to ship them Monday. You will then receive the plants on Tuesday (if you are in the 1 day in transit zone) or Wednesday (if you are in the 2 days in transit zone) at your normal UPS delivery time.

capacity and performance: Jack Smith Creek

The Jack Smith Creek stormwater wetlands in New Bern, NC are the largest such project in the state.  Designed by Kris Bass, PE and constructed by Carolina Environmental Contracting, Inc.  the wetlands treat runoff from 1000 acres of urban and industrial development.

Working closely with the designer and construction contractor, Wetland Plants Inc. propagated and delivered 144,000 herbaceous wetland plants for this project in early spring, 2013.

Jack Smith Creek Project, just after planting, 4.18.13

Jack Smith Creek Project, just after planting, 4.18.13

Jack Smith Creek Project, 4 months after planting, 8.27.13

Jack Smith Creek Project, 4 months after planting, 8.27.13