Native Plant Trust

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
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
Ornamental Interest
Fall Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Host Plant
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant


North American Distribution