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Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' - LYON'S TURTLEHEAD 'HOT LIPS'

Product Code: CHE-LYO-HOTLIP
Shipping: Calculated at Checkout
$8.75

'Hot Lips' Turtlehead is compact, fast-growing cultivar, reaching 2' in height and width. Very dark, shiny, bronze-green leaves in regular mounds and rosy-pink flowers in dense spikes. Rarely bothered by pests and deer.

Good cut flower. Great for flower beds, as an edging plant, in rain gardens, moist to wet meadows, edging plant for ponds (especially in shaded parts), bigger containers, and along stream banks and woodland edges. In heavily shaded areas, it may require some support, but in ideal conditions this is usually not needed.

The genus name, chelone, comes from the Greek word meaning tortoise, which references the turtlehead shape of the flowers.

Also called Appalachian Turtlehead.

Blooming Time: July/August to September
Size:
24" tall x 24" wide
USDA Zones: 
4 to 9
Culture: 
half sun (full sun with consistent moisture; some shade during the day is useful), adaptable to most soils that stay moist, including heavier soil or clay, waterlogged soil
Moisture Needs: medium-moist, moist or wet
Origin: 
the wild species of Chelone lyonii is native to southeastern and east coast states (see the USDA distribution map)
Deer/Rabbit Resistant:
yes / yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators:
yes / yes
Attracts Hummingbirds:
yes
Pot Size:
 square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot
Plant Combinations: Due to its shrubby look, it might be better to combine it with smaller shrubs like Hydrangea, Itea, Photergilla, smaller Cornus etc., another good use is with groundcovers like Alchemilla, Geranium macrorrhizum, Geranium 'Rozanne' or groundcovering-type grasses like Carex, Deschampsia caespitosa, Hakonechloa, or short bamboos.

In more sunny spot with average to slightly moist soil can be combined with Aralia, Aquilegia, Anemone japonica hybrids, Amsonia, Baptisia, Coreopsis palustris, Echinacea purpurea (the species or cultivars very close to the species = with wide bigger leaves), Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed), Hemerocallis (daylily), Hibiscus moscheutos hybrids, Iris (especially those that love some moisture like I. virginica, I. louisiana, I. sibirica etc), Juncus, Penstemon (calycosus/digitalis and hybrids), Persicaria, Phlox paniculata and hybrids, Polemonium, Physostegia, Rudbeckia fulgida, Rudbeckia laciniata, Stachys 'Summer Crush,' Stachys 'Humello,' Stachys 'Summer Romance,' Tricyrtis, and Vernonia.

With more shade on average to slightly moist soils can be combined with Aruncus, Brunnera, or Hosta.
Picture Copyright: US Perennials, LLC

Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' - LYON'S TURTLEHEAD 'HOT LIPS'

$8.75
 

'Hot Lips' Turtlehead is compact, fast-growing cultivar, reaching 2' in height and width. Very dark, shiny, bronze-green leaves in regular mounds and rosy-pink flowers in dense spikes. Rarely bothered by pests and deer.

Good cut flower. Great for flower beds, as an edging plant, in rain gardens, moist to wet meadows, edging plant for ponds (especially in shaded parts), bigger containers, and along stream banks and woodland edges. In heavily shaded areas, it may require some support, but in ideal conditions this is usually not needed.

The genus name, chelone, comes from the Greek word meaning tortoise, which references the turtlehead shape of the flowers.

Also called Appalachian Turtlehead.

Blooming Time: July/August to September
Size:
24" tall x 24" wide
USDA Zones: 
4 to 9
Culture: 
half sun (full sun with consistent moisture; some shade during the day is useful), adaptable to most soils that stay moist, including heavier soil or clay, waterlogged soil
Moisture Needs: medium-moist, moist or wet
Origin: 
the wild species of Chelone lyonii is native to southeastern and east coast states (see the USDA distribution map)
Deer/Rabbit Resistant:
yes / yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators:
yes / yes
Attracts Hummingbirds:
yes
Pot Size:
 square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot
Plant Combinations: Due to its shrubby look, it might be better to combine it with smaller shrubs like Hydrangea, Itea, Photergilla, smaller Cornus etc., another good use is with groundcovers like Alchemilla, Geranium macrorrhizum, Geranium 'Rozanne' or groundcovering-type grasses like Carex, Deschampsia caespitosa, Hakonechloa, or short bamboos.

In more sunny spot with average to slightly moist soil can be combined with Aralia, Aquilegia, Anemone japonica hybrids, Amsonia, Baptisia, Coreopsis palustris, Echinacea purpurea (the species or cultivars very close to the species = with wide bigger leaves), Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed), Hemerocallis (daylily), Hibiscus moscheutos hybrids, Iris (especially those that love some moisture like I. virginica, I. louisiana, I. sibirica etc), Juncus, Penstemon (calycosus/digitalis and hybrids), Persicaria, Phlox paniculata and hybrids, Polemonium, Physostegia, Rudbeckia fulgida, Rudbeckia laciniata, Stachys 'Summer Crush,' Stachys 'Humello,' Stachys 'Summer Romance,' Tricyrtis, and Vernonia.

With more shade on average to slightly moist soils can be combined with Aruncus, Brunnera, or Hosta.
Picture Copyright: US Perennials, LLC

 

Customer Reviews

1 Review
  • Turtlehead arrived in Excellent Condition 5

    Posted by Grace Davies on 14th Sep 2022

    The plants arrived quickly and were packed carefully; there was no damage to the leaves. They are of a good size and quite strong and healthy looking. Very pleased with this order!