White Turtlehead (Chelone Glabra)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $5.00

Creamy white snapdragon like flowers in tight heads at the top of the plant give a fresh display in late summer (August and September). Flowers resemble a turtle’s head. Attractive shiny dark green foliage really sets of the flowers and creates a good backdrop for earlier flowering plants. The major host of the Baltimore butterfly (when within butterfly species’s range) — a large black butterfly with white and orange spots.

Culture: Turtlehead prefers moist soil and is tolerant of very wet conditions. Adaptable to ordinary garden soil. Can be "pinched" to reduce height through the early summer.
Native Environment: Wetland / Stream Edge
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Spread: 2 to feet
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Color: White
Sun Exposure: Full Sun / Medium Sun / Average Shade
Season of Interest: August to October
Soil Moisture: Moderate / High
Wildlife Benefit: Food/Birds
Nature Attracting: Butterflies / Hummingbirds / Pollinators / Beneficial Insects
Special Features: Ornamental Fruits/Pods/Seed Heads
Special Uses: Rain Gardens / Erosion Control
Tolerate: Erosion, Wet Soil
Larval Host: Baltimore Checkerspot