Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) is a herbaceous perennial that grows in wet places such as floodplains, swamps, and ditches. It is the host plant for the Baltimore Checkerspot. This plant can be purchased in the McMullen House Bed & Breakfast Garden Shop.
Taxonomy and History of Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) was originally described by Carl Von Linnaeus in 1753 in Species Plantarum. It has kept this name since. This species is a member of the Plantain Family (Plataginaceae).
Turtlehead Description and Alternative Names
Turtlehead is a herbaceous perennial that grows from 2 to 3 feet tall. The opposite, simple, serrated leaves range from 3 to 6 inches in length and 1 to 3 inches in width.
This plant is also known by White Turtlehead and Chelone.
Range and Habitat
This species is found in eastern North America, except Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.
It is generally found growing in wet areas such floodplains, swamps, and ditches.
The genus name, Chelone, is Greek for tortoise. (Missouri Botanical Garden).