Chelone glabra (Turtlehead)


Type: Forb

Area: Woodland

Height: 3-5 ft.

Bloom Months: July, August, September

Color: White

Sun: Full

Moisture: Wet, Medium-Wet

Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand

Host: Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)

Attracts/Benefits: Bumblebees; Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. Deer resistant due to bitter taste.

Photo credit: Prairie Moon Nursery, Sharon Yiesla

10 in stock

SKU: 772 Category:


Description from Possibility Place: Typically found in wet prairies and woodland edges, Turtlehead is an excellent choice for part shade areas and can even tolerate some flooding. Cream colored flowers emerge in tight racemes at the tips of the plant, and oddly resemble a turtle’s head.  A late bloomer, flowers emerge on this plant at the end of summer to early fall, and last for about a month.  While bumblebees are the most common visitors to this plant, it also attracts the occasional hummingbird.

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