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Chelone glabra

white turtlehead

Turtlehead gets its name from the shape of the flowers which mimic a turtle poking its head out of the shell. While restricted to moist soils in the wild, they do fine in the average garden soil as long as drought is avoided. Attractive to bumblebees and other pollinators, it is also a host plant for Baltimore checkerspot and buckeye butterflies.

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Height: 18-30 in
Spread: 12-24 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-9


Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Wet
Ecoregion
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Fall Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Host Plant
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance


North American Distribution


white turtlehead - Chelone glabra from Native Plant Trust
white turtlehead - Chelone glabra from Native Plant Trust
white turtlehead - Chelone glabra from Native Plant Trust