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Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

Host Plant: Baltimore Checkspot

Nectar Plant: many insects

Flower Color: white to pink

Growth Habit: Herbaceous perennial plant that grows to 2-3 feet tall

Range in North America: Eastern North America

Exposure: Partial Sun

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Soil Requirements: medium to moist soil

White Turtlehead

Turtlehead (Chelone glabra), a member of the Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family), is a herbaceous perennial that has white to pink flowers that bloom in the late summer and fall.  These plants grow to from 2 to 3 feet tall and is suitable for wet areas that are shaded.

More information about turtlehead can be found on this blog post.

Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)

Baltimore Checkerspot on grass – D. Gordon E. Robertson, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Many other insects use this plant as a nectar source.

Turtlehead is found in wet woodlands and bogs.  It is native to eastern North America.

The genus name derives from the Greek name of tortoise, referring to the shape of the flower and species name means without hairs (Missouri Botanical Garden).


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