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A perennial often found in moist areas such as moist meadows, riparian forests, and other wetland areas, turtlehead also makes a nice addition to a water garden. Photo credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln.

A perennial often found in moist areas such as moist meadows, riparian forests, and other wetland areas, turtlehead also makes a nice addition to a water garden.
Photo credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln. Typical inventory plug USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 5 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

Chelone glabra

Turtlehead

This plant has shiny green foliage with white flower spikes that resemble a turtle’s head. Chelone glabra is often found in moist meadows, riparian forests and wetlands and likes full sun to partial shade.

The Baltimore checkerspot butterfly uses C. glabra as the primary plant to lay its eggs. Great for water gardens. 


Height:

2-4 ft

Spread:

2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

3-8

Bloom Color:

White

Chelone glabra Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Wet to Moist

Attributes

  • Naturalizing
  • Cut Flower
  • Bog

Flowering Months

  • September
  • August

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CHGL2