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Chelone glabra

Turtlehead

Our native Turtlehead is a wonderful plant for wet sites and rain gardens. In late summer Chelone glabra produces tall spikes of white flowers which are thought to look like the heads of turtles (use your imagination).  The upper lip serves as a protective hood and the lower lip is a landing strip for pollinators.   Best grown in part shade but survives well in full sun given enough moisture.  The green foliage is clean and disease-resistant. Butterflies love its flowers, especially the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly.

Height

36 Inches

Spread

24 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone

5
Current Availability
Qty Avail Description Comments Future Crop Future Crop Ready Date
136 Chelone glabra #1 (NATIVE-white)
133 Chelone glabra #2 (NATIVE-white) Going dormant
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Deer Resistant
Erosion Control
Native
Rain Garden Plants
Straight Species - Native
Soil Conditions
Moist
Wet
Bloom Time
Summer
Exposure
Full Shade
Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Pollinators
Tolerance
Wet Site Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
Companion Plants to Chelone glabra
Sweet Flag Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'
Sweet Flag
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle'
Cardinal Flower
Blue Flag Iris Iris versicolor
Blue Flag Iris
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Turtlehead Chelone glabra 'Black Ace'
Turtlehead
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Beardtongue
Gayfeather Liatris spicata 'Floristan White'
Gayfeather