Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' Turtlehead

Available Spring 2024


Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' has showy spikes of 2" hooded, deep pink flowers on reddish stems. Also called Turtlehead, the individual blooms resemble a turtle's head. The foliage of Chelone 'Hot Lips' emerges with a bronze tint in the spring and then matures to crisp, dark green.

Chelone 'Hot Lips' is a cultivar of Chelone lyonii, a perennial native to a few Gulf Coast and several Eastern states. It is usually found in wet areas such as stream banks, moist woods, and wetlands.

Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' grows best in sun with moist, even boggy soil, but will adapt to drier soils. It is visited by hummingbirds and butterflies.


  • Common Names: Turtlehead
  • Zones: 3-8
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist to wet soil
  • Height at Maturity: 24-30
  • Width at Maturity: 15-18
  • Bloom Color: Pink
  • Bloom Time: Middle summer to early fall
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

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

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Starting March 25th
    • Zone 8: Starting April 1st
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you live in a warm climate and wish to receive your plants during the winter, please send us an email. Please note that we may be unable to fulfill your request if temperatures are too cold for safe transit or if the plants are dormant.

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Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

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