Chelone glabra - WHITE TURTLEHEAD

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Taller and slender looking perennial, with white/white-pink turtlehead flowers in August to September.

Grows into narrow, upright, clumps, that slowly spread by rhizomes, usually 3' tall x 1-1.5' wide. Full sun with consistent moisture, half shade, medium, moist to wet soil.

Native wildflower to eastern part of USA, where naturally occurs in moist woods, swampy areas and along streams. See the USDA distribution map.

Hardy in zones 3 to 8.

Attracts bumblebees, occasionally hummingbirds too. Plant is rabbit and deer resistant, but bitter leaves are hosting caterpillars of 2 moths, beetle, fly and beautiful Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly.

Best use is in shade gardens, woodland gardens, bog gardens, naturalized in wet meadows, banks of ponds, water bodies, streams or even in moist flower bed or pollinator garden. The best is if there are other taller plants around white turtle head, so it can be supported by them, because it can flop in rich soils and too shady areas. "Chelsea chop" (cutting back in first part of May) will make the stems shorter and sturdier.


Pot Size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot