Chelone glabra Turtlehead



Chelone glabra, or Turtlehead, has showy spikes of 2", hooded snapdragon-like flowers that resemble a turtle's head. The blooms of Chelone glabra are sometimes tinged with pink. Chelone glabra forms dense clumps of crisp, dark green foliage.

A native to the eastern half of N. America, Chelone glabra is attractive to hummingbirds and to butterflies for which it is a larval host. It is typically found on wetlands, in wet open woods and prairies, in marshes and along shorelines of pond or creeks.

Turtlehead grows best in sun with moist, even boggy soil but will adapt to drier soil and tolerates clay soil. It will naturalize where happy. Drought tolerant, once well-established.


  • Common Names: Turtlehead
  • Zones: 3 - 8
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Moist Soil
  • Height at Maturity: 24-48"
  • Width at Maturity: 12-24"
  • Bloom Color: White/Cream
  • Bloom Time: August September October
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Clay Soil.
  • Other Features:

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