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
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(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
Deer/Rabbit Resistant

North American Distribution