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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
134 Chelone glabra #1 (NATIVE-white) 200 late June
133 Chelone glabra #2 (NATIVE-white)
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Deer Resistant
Erosion Control
Native
Native - Straight Species
Rain Garden Plants
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
Big Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica
Big Blue Lobelia
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle'
Cardinal Flower
Sweet Flag Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'
Sweet Flag
Similar Plants to Chelone glabra
Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis 'Dark Towers'
Beardtongue
False Indigo Baptisia x Decadence® 'Vanilla Cream'
False Indigo
Turtlehead Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'
Turtlehead