Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
Description of Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
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.
Range of Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) in the United States and Canada
Turtlehead is found in wet woodlands and bogs. It is native to eastern North America.
Origin of the Name
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).
Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) Links
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
North Carolina Extension Gardener
Northeastern Native Plant Digest
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